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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

  • Being Bored Is Work
    by A Practicing Parent on February 13, 2019 at 4:23 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 […]

  • Independence Starter Kit
    by A Practicing Parent on February 6, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    My 4 (almost 5)-year-old says, “Mommy” at least 700 times a day—and that’s just from after school until bedtime. Imagine what it’s like on a weekend! He’s never been very good at solo play. On days when he doesn’t have an after school activity, he sticks to me like a barnacle on a whale. But, his teachers tell me he sings a different tune when he’s in school. Am I parenting him incorrectly, or it just one of those things where he acts differently with his teachers than at home? People tell me it’s common,... Read Mor […]

  • Does Your Teen Mumble Too?
    by A Practicing Parent on January 29, 2019 at 1:51 am

    “What? I can’t hear you,” I say to my teenage daughter, Jessie.* We are in the kitchen and I’m rinsing dishes. I turn off the water. Maybe it’s drowning her out. We try it again. I see her mouth move, and then, “Mumble, mumble.”I head to the bathroom to get a Q-tip. Maybe my ears are clogged. The next day, walking on Third Avenue, Jessie gestured, “You know….”The rest of what she said was garbled. “What did you say? I didn’t hear you,”I said. OMG. How many times in the last few days, weeks, months... Read Mor […]

  • Parenting and the Art of Distraction
    by A Practicing Parent on January 18, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Yesterday was like any other day at 5pm. I was making dinner, and my son (Luke), four, was absorbed in his one, daily-allowed TV episode. Me: “Look at you! You’re so cute!” I gushed to my dog Snoopy as she wagged her tail at me. Luke: “I’m cute too.” (I guess he wasn’t that absorbed.) Me. “Of course you are.” Luke: “I’m cuter than Snoopy.” Me: “I am allowed to tell Snoopy that she’s cute. It doesn’t mean that I don’t think you’re cute too.” Luke: “But I’m cuter!” Thankfully, he turned back to his... Read Mor […]