Monday, May 28, 2018

mementos for third culture kids

My husband and I are moving back to the United States after six years in Taiwan. Our daughter will be 14 months old when we leave. While I know this blog will serve as my memento of our time here, I want to be sure that our daughter will have more than just mom and dad's stories from her first year of life in Taiwan.

Ultimately, we decided that we would make a picture & story book for every year of her life. Then, when she turns 18, she can keep them all.

This is her first book. While I will still give her a box of sentimental items like her hospital hat and the fortune cookie that predicted her arrival, I know these books will be something special we can look at together as she grows older, especially because we plan on moving abroad again after a one year break in America.

I am curious, though-- what do other expat parents do for their third culture children? Our kids won't have a "childhood home" that collects mementos of their lives. I know I am a sentimental person (hence this blog), and I know I still have a collection of my childhood belongings in my mom's garage.

How do you keep a third culture kid's past alive for them, especially when bouncing all over the globe? I'd love to hear some more ideas!


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