MK, TCK, Video

Red Umbrella and bamboo

MKs–missionary kids or missionaries’ kids–are one type of Third Culture Kid.  I’m not a big fan of the term . . . but I’m not strongly against it either.

I know some where the MK tag proudly while others cringe.  For many the M in MK represents who their parents are.  Even if you’re wholly on board and participating with your parents in their calling, who wants to be known by their parents’ job description?  We don’t talk about about EK’s (Engineers Kids) or PKs (Plumbers Kids, though Pastors Kids are often called PKs).

I think Third Culture Kids fits so many so much more succinctly.  It tells who the person is, not who her parents are.  It tells a few things about the parents, but it doesn’t put anyone in any box right away.  It speaks of a culture most don’t know, but it helps identify a person much more accurately.

MKs fall under the umbrella of TCKs.  So do Military Brats.  So do Diplomatic Corps Kids.  So do many international business kids.  It’s a very nice umbrella!

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

A diatribe on terms wasn’t the intent of this post.  I want to share a video with you my friend Michele made with some MKs.  I just didn’t want anyone to wonder why I’m posting a video on MKs when I talk about TCKs most of the time.  Now you know.

Enjoy the video and then let me know what you think about what anyone on it said.

photo courtesy of and edited at; video courtesy of Michele Phoenix

4 responses to “MK, TCK, Video”

  1. Love this…very well done!

    thank you, Sheryl, and Michelle!
    Being a TCK myself, and having 7MKs of my own…this is very, very much my life.
    and theirs…

    You are so dear to work with us, to help us, to encourage us!

  2. I find myself hoping that my kids can find a sense of community with other tcks some day. They have some of it with other children of alongsiders… Wish we were with you in Hungary this week!!! Thanks for posting this beautiful video. I’ve always thought that MKs were the brightest and best.

  3. Mandy and Donna Jeanne, I’m so glad you found it encouraging. You’re both doing a great job raising some amazing children. Thanks for letting me be part of their lives.

    Soul–They will! And you can start planning to be in Hungary next February! Really. You, too, are doing good work at a tough job! I love you!

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