Author Archives: Sharon Van Epps

A woman in the grocery store explains racism for black children to her son

“Teaching My Son to Protect Himself in a Racist World”

“Teaching My Son to Protect Himself in a Racist World”

As parents, we live in constant tension: How thoroughly should we prepare our kids for the ugliness that exists in the world? For my son's safety, I can't afford to be vague when it comes to racism.

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a transracially adopted teen heading into school with friends

“On Choosing, or Changing, Schools”

As I weighed diversity, academics, and other factors when choosing schools for my transracially adopted children, I perpetually second-guessed myself. But now that my kids are teens, I’m ready to trust their decisions.

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In this personal essay, one mom discusses the challenges of transracial parenting.

“Having ‘the Talk’ with My Black Son”

It's not easy to teach your child that people may fear him because of the color of his skin—but it's something parents through transracial adoption must do.

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Jillian Lauren with her son, Tariku.

[BOOK EXCERPT] Everything You Ever Wanted

In this excerpt from her candid, hilarious, inspiring adoption memoir, Jillian Lauren explains how she and her husband addressed their son's trauma and special needs and turned things around for him at home and at school. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author.

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A child getting off a school bus, prepared to discuss race in the classroom

“My Most Pressing Back-to-School Task”

After bringing up race and adoption with my children's teachers at the start of each academic year, I always feel worried and hyper-vigilant. But, invariably, they get it.

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