Parent Network

Parents in Action (PIA)



Dwight-Englewood school is proud to join this year as a member of PIA’s consortium of NYC based independent schools.

NYC-Parents in Action, Inc., a non-profit volunteer organization, is committed to the belief that effective communication, parent to parent and parent to child, is vital to the healthy development of young adults capable of making sound choices.

For over 35 years PIA has engaged with the NYC independent school community to offer educational information and a communication network to inform parents about social and developmental issues from preschool through 12th grade.  With these tools PIA strives to help parents communicate openly and effectively with their children.

Parents in Action Programs

  1. Parent Talk – facilitated parent discussion groups provide platforms for parents to develop parent-to-parent and parent-to-child communication.  In safe, non-judgemental, confidential meetings, two professionally trained Facilitators encourage parents to share with other parents in their child’s grade their concerns, perspectives and strategies related to raising children in New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
  2. Seminars – are offered for parents and educators to learn from experts.  Seminars address such topics as child developments, parent-child relationships and communication, and technology and substance abuse prevention.

The website,, provides regularly updated content for parents with topical information and resources on a wide range of parenting topics.  The site offers a calendar of PIA events and registration capability for each.  The site also offers a comprehensive overview of NYC-{IA and events, summaries of past seminars and panels as well as a holst of articles from experts.  

PIA Website

PIA Fall Calendar

PIA Fall Seminar

Upcoming Parents in Action Events

  • Beyond 13 Reasons: A frank discussion about preventing suicide  More Info  |  Register
  • Lee Woodruff: Resilience: Thriving Through Adversity  More Info  |  Register

Articles from Parents in Action

Parents in Action Be Involved, Be Informed, Be Connected

  • Six Parenting Tips From My S. African Safari
    by A Practicing Parent on June 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    My family and I had an awe-inspiring opportunity to experience a South African safari this month. The animal kingdom is gruesome, inspiring, incredible, frightening and fabulous all at once! With a 14-year old and a 5-year old, my husband and I did not know what to expect, but it was an incredible bonding adventure for all of us. It was also an opportunity to learn some great parenting lessons. As a mom, I couldn’t help but fixate upon Mother Nature’s babies. Whether it was a baby elephant, zebra, or giraffe, we ooh’ed and ah’ed over... Read Mor […]

  • My Kid Said, “I Hate You”
    by A Practicing Parent on May 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I hate you. It’s painful to even write these three words, but when your kid spits them at you, the parent, it’s a blow that reaches all the way to the womb. That’s how I feel. It hurts to hear, even though, rationally, I know he doesn’t mean it. A few weeks ago, I picked up Luke* from school and gave him a snack, one where you have to dip the cookie stick in nut butter or something like that. He ate the snack as we walked together to a doctor appointment a few blocks... Read Mor […]

  • Being Bored Is Work
    by A Practicing Parent on April 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    “I don’t get it,” Jessie* said to my husband a few years back when he took her to Take-Your-Kids-To-Work Day. “Why do you have these Board meetings?” “What do you mean?” he asked. “Well, they’re boring. Isn’t that why you call them ‘bored meetings?’” Being bored. My children (and many adults) don’t know how to be bored anymore. I can’t even stand on a line anymore without pulling out my phone. I wonder about this and my parenting intuition tells me it can’t be good. “Can I have the iPad?” my 4-year-old son Luke* asked.... Read Mor […]

  • Top-Secret Tutoring
    by A Practicing Parent on March 11, 2019 at 12:56 am

    The other day I walked down the block after drop off at my son’s school and chatted with two moms of lower school children. The topic was tutoring. Mom 1: “Listen to this. I was in Mathnasium the other day with my son and there was another boy from my child’s class.  The following day at the school’s morning assembly, I said hello to the mom of the boy from the Mathnasium class. ‘Hey, it’s nice that the boys are getting extra Math help together,’ I said, noticing that a few other parents were listening... Read Mor […]