My TCK Experience
7 Tips for Parents to Guide their Third-Culture, Highly Sensitive Children
For Parents of Highly Sensitive Children
To lower the risk of…
Fewer high stimulating/social activities. As a parent of a highly sensitive TCK, it can be tempting to enrol your child in many socially engaging, extracurricular activities. But beware – highly sensitive children need longer adaptation periods to acculturate to new environments in order to process and integrate new information healthily. One or two activities is enough to begin with, you can check in with your child to adjust when needed.
Expat families may consider staying in the host country for a minimum of 2-3 years, the longer the better. This gives every member of the family but especially highly sensitive children enough time to learn the language and integrate with the local children at their own pace. Put it this way – the better integrated a parent and their child is, the lower the risk of marginalisation.