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Sewing: An Effective Way to Promote Mindfulness in Children at Home

Getting through the pandemic hasn’t been an easy journey for anyone, but it’s been especially tough on kids. Young minds thrive on routine, and a scary disruption of their norm that keeps them isolated from friends and family can take a toll, leaving children feeling sad and anxious as parents search for healthy solutions.
One method of finding peace amid chaos, which therapists and mental health professionals recommend for any age, is mindfulness…

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Fall 2020 Preview – September 15, 2020

We at NYC-Parents in Action hope this email finds you and your families well.

For our NYC-PIA community, the beginning of the school year is usually a time of excitement, anticipation, new routines and calendars full of educational and social events. In these uncertain times, what are we looking forward to? Are your children actually going back to school? Are they firmly situated at home? Or, perhaps some hybrid of each? Are you scrambling to figure it all out in addition to the public health, economic, and civil rights challenges in our world, country, city, school communities and families? These challenges affect us all but we hope that connections with one another will bring some comfort to you.

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In Case You Missed it

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Teen Scene, viewed over the last 20 years, proves what most of us already suspect: that for all the shifting trends decades may bring, human nature doesn’t change much. A glance at remarks from our teen panelists, chosen at random from 2001-2017, reveals that while the details may vary the big picture is pretty stable. Take a look:

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QuaranTEEN Scene – May 2020

Since 1986, NYC-Parents in Action’s signature event, Teen Scene, has offered parents a candid, inside glimpse of life as a NYC independent high school student. We contacted a few previous panelists (some are now in college) to ask what’s changed for them under social distancing rules, in an altered world that has us all off balance.

Despite lives of cramped restraint, they make room to reflect and share their self-discoveries. You will hear what they miss most, and what they still are able to reach for, to derive comfort.

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Teen Scene Panelists Share Hopes, Fears – and Advice for Parents

“No one wants to be met with anger when struggling.” This wise observation from one of the panelists at NYC-Parents in Action’s 34th annual Teen Scene underscores the importance of understanding your child. The panel of 16 NYC independent high school students, 9th thru 12th grade spoke candidly to a sold-out parent audience on February 10, 2020.

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Ask the Expert: Lucy Martin-Gianino

Talk about leaving a legacy! Lucy Martin-Gianino has moderated NYC-Parents in Action’s Teen Scene since its inception in 1986. As the Teen Scene moderator, Lucy oversees a teen panel offering parents a chance to hear high schoolers speak candidly about the academic, social, substance abuse and mental health issues they face growing up in the New York City independent schools. Lucy, an actress and trained facilitator, joined NYC-Parents in Action four decades ago with a desire to support PIA’s commitment to serve parents of the New York City independent schools. After 35 years, there’s not much Lucy hasn’t heard! To celebrate 35 YEARS of Teen Scene, we chatted with Lucy, fondly dubbed a “Lifer for Parents in Action.”

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Ask the Expert: Maria Underwood

Throughout this year, many NYC independent schools have re-examined their efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion within their communities — often prompted by painful stories of bias and marginalization expressed by students and alumni of color. For the latest Q&A Corner: “Ask The Expert,” Maria Underwood, a Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educational Consultant and NYC-Parents in Action Facilitator, answered some questions to help parents navigate difficult conversations about race and bias.

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