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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Right after 9/11, parents who were glued to their televisions suddenly realized their children were watching too…Today we see the next generation of horror unfolding, in Israel and Gaza. It is not local this time, but it might as well be. With the explosion of social media, we have scores of horrifying videos literally riding in our pockets and at our fingertips. Again, we are called on to monitor what our children are seeing, and ensure they do not see too much.
In Case You Missed it
NYC-Parents in Action kicked off its popular Parent Lifelines: Online Seminar Series, 2023-24, with a conversation between Geoffrey Golia, LCSW, Director of New York Center for Living; and Laurie B. Freeman, PhD, NYC-PIA’s Director of Facilitation.
Dr. Laurie Freeman posed questions, spurring the substantive dialog. Geoffrey Golia shared solid advice, strategies and tips, demonstrating his genuine passion for helping young people meet their potential and move toward connected, engaged lives.
Moderator Laurie Freeman, PhD, introduced Jennifer B. Wallace, author of the forthcoming book, Never Enough, where Jennifer investigates the deep roots of toxic achievement culture, and finds out what we must do to fight back. Drawing on interviews with families, educators, and an original survey of nearly 6,000 parents, she exposes how the pressure to perform is not a matter of parental choice but baked in to our larger society and spurred by increasing income inequality and dwindling opportunities. As a result, children are increasingly absorbing the message that they have no value outside of their accomplishments, a message that is reinforced by the media and greater culture at large.
Many people find it awkward to talk about money, but author and financial expert Bobbi Rebell assured NYC-Parents in Action’s Online Seminar Series audience that the way to help children become financially mature is through good decision-making and regular, honest conversation.
Moderator Laurie Freeman, PhD, introduced Bobbi Rebell, certified financial planner, journalist, author of Launching Financial Grownups and parent of three, for a conversation on how to manage expectations and guide your kids toward financial independence. Laurie asked Bobbi to set the stage with a hint of what it means to “launch financial grown-ups”:
Almost all parents eventually confront one of those days, when we’re frazzled, out of patience and wondering how child-rearing can be so hard when we thought it would come naturally. The rewards of parenting are deeply felt, but so are the frustrations. In April, NYC-Parents in Action had an informal Q and A with Samantha Altman Gardner, Spence School class of 2008, and former NYC-PIA Teen Scene panelist,. Samantha spoke frankly about her own tough parenting experience and how it led her to found Happypillar, a support application for parents where AI and technology are used to provide practical, accessible family help. Here is her story:
Why doesn’t my child pitch in and help around the house? Is it so much to ask him to just load the dishwasher? Why doesn’t she cooperate? Why does he lack confidence? Today’s parents are often plagued with questions like this, and we all know parenting can be a struggle. For our latest “Q&A: Ask The Expert,” we spoke with NPR reporter Michaeleen Doucleff, author of current parenting bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent. Doucleff grappled with these same questions and tackled them in a creative and unorthodox fashion—by traveling thousands of miles to learn how parents in non-Western societies successfully raise children who appear more confident and helpful than Western children.