Conversation Starters: Race and Parenting


As many of you know, I have had the honor of interviewing dozens of incredible parenting luminaries over the years for my articles in New York Family Magazine. This month’s article was the first time, I (and my good friend Verta) were the ones being interviewed rather than the interviewees. So it is with immense humility and gratitude that I share this article:

Conversation Starters (By Melissa Cheri McCall)
Two Local Mothers — Verta Maloney And Heather Ouida — Engage In Real Talk About Race & Parenting

Venturing into any candid conversation about race is certainly not for the faint of heart. This is especially true when the conversation takes place in a public and interracial setting. Yet, this is precisely what two dynamic New York City mothers decided to do.

“I think that moms and women change the world every day,” declares mom-of-two Verta Maloney in her confident, soft-spoken manner. Her statement aptly describes the journey she and fellow city mom Heather Ouida have embraced in exploring issues of race among their peers and with their own sons.

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