Post-Election Parenting

Post Election Parenting

Main Library – Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 3-4 pm.  The presidential election has left many children with questions about racism, sexism, and basic civility. How do we address our children’s fears and concerns? How do we raise them to be thoughtful, kind, and wise adults? There are three basic tools at our disposal: dialogue, education, and books. Please join us for a panel discussion with Monique Bostic, Annemarie Maini and Doreen Oliver, moderated by Joy Peskin, Maplewood parent and children’s books editor, about ways to talk with children of all ages about important issues.  *This program is for adults; there will be an accompanying activity for kids! Cosponsored by the Community Coalition on Race.

More Information About Our Panel:

Monique Bostic, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by promoting social and emotional wellness for more than twenty years through her public service  and private practice. Monique is currently a school counselor at a public school in New York City and has a private practice in New Jersey. Monique lives in Maplewood with her husband and two teenage sons.

Annemarie Maini is the director and owner of South Orange Country Day School.  We have built a school community reflects our South Orange Maplewood community, and respect for and inclusion of all people is not only a priority but practiced everyday.  We also practice how to self advocate and to make all friends feel included.
Doreen Oliver is a writer, producer, performer, and mother of two young boys, one of whom has autism. Her pieces on autism, race and the chaos and contradictions of motherhood have appeared in print in The New York Times and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and on stage at New York’s Symphony Space and the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her one-woman show, Everyone is Fine Until It’s Not, premiered in August to sold-out crowds at the New York International Fringe Festival. For more information, follow her on Twitter @doreenoliver or go to
Joy Peskin is the editorial director of Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, where she edits books for children and teenagers. She is a published essayist and performer whose work has been presented at SOPAC in the 2016 Listen to Your Mother show and at Dixon Place in New York City. Joy has volunteered with youth for twenty years as a mentor and teacher. She created a therapeutic writing program which she has taught to homeless youth, teenage girls in the juvenile justice system, and incarcerated women. Joy lives with her husband and six-year-old son in Maplewood.