Author Archive | Sarah Hyatt

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To The Big Kids At The Playground

When my children were toddlers, I can remember cringing when we arrived at the playground to find it teeming with “big kids” — usually elementary school-age kids or older, all of them bigger, louder, faster, and pushier than my two little toddlers wobbling their way around the play equipment like wayward penguins. They shouted too […]

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Talking About Death With Young Children

The first time grief catches me off guard, I am reading an article about swallowing incorrectly. My daughter’s speech was slow to develop and is still not as articulate as is typical for her age. I read the article and wonder about her facial muscles, if an issue with mouth movement could possibly be causing her […]

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Why I Talk About Race With My White Children

I never expected to be raising white children. I pictured countless other cultural and racial backgrounds. I’d always planned on adoption, and expected to diversify our already multiracial family more. My goal was, in part, to confuse people so much they wouldn’t even bother with the awkward questions and comments that tend to follow families […]

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The “Firsts” of Adoption

When I met my children, they were 15 months old. I wasn’t there the first time my daughter crawled or the first time my son walked. I don’t know if they sucked their thumbs, when they first sat up, or when they rolled over. I don’t even remember some of the milestones for which I […]

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One Mom’s Junk Is A Kid’s Treasure

I’m sitting on my patio trying to reclaim one of probably hundreds of trains of thoughts, a train of thought that, like most, left the metaphorical thought station but quickly derailed following a cry of “Mama!” My children are actually occupied — engaged in some sort of dramatic reenactment of Moana, that involves lots of […]

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