Parent Network PA UPDATE

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

  • Is Judy Blume Forever?
    by A Practicing Parent on December 3, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Shhhhh…My book from Amazon has arrived…I carefully remove it from the carton, giggling to myself as if I were a young teenager. I stick it under my shirt and slink into my room and then into the bathroom so I can study it. It has a different cover from the one that I remember. As I read the back cover, I run back to my bedroom door and lock it, simultaneously feeling a little guilty and a bit naughty. I must have been about 14…and oh boy this book taught me things, on subjects I... Read Mor […]

  • Generational Teen Angst
    by A Practicing Parent on October 24, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I heard an eye-opening anecdote today that reveals how difficult it is to be a parent of a teen. Melissa*, my friend, relayed the narrative of her challenging morning. “You’re going to school today? With me?? On the bus???,” said Ally*, her 13-year-old daughter. Melissa was attending a talk at Ally’s school, so it made sense for her to just hop on the school bus. But it did not make sense to Ally. Melissa positioned herself at a window seat leaving space for Ally, who just rolled her eyes and moved past her mom, choosing... Read Mor […]

  • Honoring Our NYC Superheroes
    by A Practicing Parent on September 29, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    “Hey buddy, we’re not going to the playground. Today we’re doing something special.” I said to my 4 1/2-year-old son at school pick-up a few weeks ago. My 13-year-old daughter accompanied me. “What are we gonna do then?” he asked. “We are going to Dunkin’ Donuts and getting a big, big box of Munchkins,” I said. My son’s eyes lit up. Previous years with my daughter, we’ve purchased flowers, cards, and one year we made chocolate chip cookies. “Can we get chocolate ones?” he asked. “I think we should get assorted ones because they’re not... Read Mor […]

  • Suicide Is An Impossible Subject To Tackle, But As Parents, We Have To
    by A Practicing Parent on May 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I hate even saying the word. Suicide. There I typed it. Let’s face it. Despite what our kids, the social media generation (iGen), may think, suicide is not a new phenomenon, and it is far from a teen-centric issue. I lost two adults in my life to suicide just in the past year. Last week I was unpacking a box of photos my mom handed off to me and uncovered a note in my teen handwriting. I stared at the two-sided, yellowed small paper and the memories of that night unfolded in front of me.... Read Mor […]