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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
We parents invest time, energy and resources in protecting our children, and nowhere is this clearer than in the way we instinctively avoid uncertainty. It reflects a deep desire to be SURE: that our children are well-educated, that they are safe, that they can reach the highest level of their individual capabilities. We may not always admit it, but when it comes to our kids, we dislike – and sometimes fear – ambiguity. We want to be certain our children are safe, healthy and on course to be the best they can be.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
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.
In Case You Missed it
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.
“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.
NYC- Parents in Action Appreciation Luncheon 2019: Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D., Explains “Mindful Parenting”
“Being a parent is really hard!” exclaimed Dr. Elizabeth Allen, eliciting vigorous nods of recognition and a few rueful chuckles from the audience at the NYC-PIA Appreciation Luncheon on December 5, 2019.
It’s so easy to fall down the 24/7 coronavirus news rabbit hole. We get sucked into constantly checking our phones and keeping an incessant background buzz of TV news in our quarantine domiciles. While we need to stay informed, connected and involved, this hunkering down phase is currently indefinite, so it is also important to periodically disengage from the news and just be present for yourself and your family. For the latest Q&A Corner: “Ask The Expert,” Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, a therapist who specializes in families and adolescents in NYC, offered tips and strategies for parents on maintaining our sanity and supporting our kids during this “groundhog day” experience.
Who could have imagined we’d be quarantined and hunkering down with our families at the start of springtime in NYC? Instead of our kids playing baseball and hanging upside down on monkey bars, we parents are doing our best to cope in this alternate reality. In times like these, we have a profound need to stay informed and involved by connecting with each other, as well as with experts in our community. For the latest Q&A Corner: “Ask The Expert” Dr. Rona Shalev, Psy.D., The Chapin School’s Head of Counseling Service, provides some useful advice and strategies for parents.