Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It’s been happening for decades but I’m sure it’s more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I’m fascinated by the idea and having taught children from different cultures over the years I was so excited to be able to chat to the guests in this episode – thinking all about the cultural influences on child development, basically, but through the lens of some really fun stories!

And I think you can bring up “world kids” even if you live in your home country, in some ways at least – I’m certainly trying to with my son, who has grown up knowing different languages and having me jabber on about other countries constantly, and he’s always keen and excited to learn more the lives of children from different cultures and see how it compares to his.

Anyway, let’s get on with the show – whether you have kids or not, I think this episode is fascinating!

(PS: If you do have kids, I’ve got some reading suggestions here and more at the very bottom of this post – children’s books about culture that I think help kids understand all the world’s cultures – at least a little bit, and every bit counts).


Show notes: Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Cross Cultural Kids

I’m immensely curious on how culture affects child development – if you have kind of international kids who relate to more than one culture, how does this change the way they grow up? I know from experience that even the simple act of travelling to a foreign country changes how kids think and in Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I speak with a number of parents who’ve really brought up their children to be multicultural kids.

I start off chatting to Elizabeth and Jeff Newcamp who have been living with their three young sons in the Netherlands for the past couple of years. They talk about how to fit in and what it’s like when your young kids learn the local language faster than you do!

I then hear a great story from Jo Castro who had a serial ex-pat life with her husband and two kids before settling relatively recently in Western Australia. Her anecdote really speaks to what being international kids must feel like (and it also made me giggle, so make sure you listen).

Finally, I talk to Christine Knight, an Australian whose daughter was born in New York City, where they lived for the first few years of her life before returning home to Sydney. It’s interesting to hear how important this second nationality is not just to Christine and her husband but to their daughter, too.


Cross cultural kids - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast


Some suggested reading: Books about different cultures and multicultural children’s books

Click through for more details about these books. My son and I have read most of them and they’re deliciously full of multicultural details of life for kids around the world.


  1. Just listened to this episode from Copenhagen where we have lived for 3.5 years with our two teen boys and tween daughter. I could relate to so much of what your guests shared, but as our children were older when we moved abroad, our scenario is a little bit different. I won’t have to remind them about Denmark when we move away, it will be a big part of them and who they are. They also attend an International School here, so have been exposed to TCK’s from all over the world. We have found that the question of where are you from takes on a whole different meaning. Thanks for sharing, love hearing other people’s stories! Cheers from Denmark.

    • Oh that sounds wonderful Erin, what a great experience for you and your kids. I’m so glad you enjoyed this episode – it was a fascinating one for me to put together!

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