Some people obviously took huge offence at the notion that it isn’t necessarily in the best interest of the child to take them away from all that they know and love, into an alien environment where they would have to make new friends and find a new routine. Loss of identity, sense of not belonging anywhere, losing friends, missing family……there were plenty of stories from the other side of the coin to counteract the rainbows and unicorns thrown around by the first group.
And what worked for your child when they were 5 or 6 years old might be a different story when they reach their teen years. Well, having been a Third Culture Kid (TCK) myself, and now raising two more, I am not going to say no.
Of course the opposite is also true: A TCK or MK can be attractive simply because they are often smarter, more traveled and “worldly-wise,” and have more they can discuss.
They can be more “hidden” and “private,” or more socially adaptable even becoming Class President their first year back. TCKs and MKs should look into their hearts and see if they are longing for relationships, physical connection/touch and or a feeling of stability and connection.
The “pairing up” of America at earlier and earlier ages and constant talk about dating and relationships, may be a “put-off” to MKs who may wish for more friends and ability to spend time without the entanglements this usually means in the USA or at church.
These issues of frequent relocation especially, and sometimes an MKs emotional “distance” from others and often lack of social interaction with other their age can hurt their ability to connect later on in life when at home or away at college.