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December 7, 2022 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Strapping our kids securely into the passenger seat of life may help us feel better as parents, but it isn’t doing anything to help them forge an independent future for themselves. Free play and exploration is the vitamin of childhood, and Lenor Kenazy, Co-founder and President, Let Grow, is ready to help us step back and allow our children to step up.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
“As of 2020, guns are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.” This disturbing statistic pressures parents to grapple with a painful task: how and when to talk about gun violence with their kids. Our nation’s stubborn, tragic and intractable epidemic of gun violence, even in schools, raises the possibility of terror in a space where children used to assume they were safe. Parents need to start the conversations that will help their children cope with uncertainty, and must manage to do so while neither escalating children’s fears, nor avoiding them.
In Case You Missed it
On April 13, NYC-Parents in Action’s Spring Lunchtime Webinar presented a sensitive, substantive conversation between two experts, Dr. Joanna Stern, Senior Director of the Mood Disorder Center at the Child Mind Institute, and Dr. Laurie Freeman, psychologist in private practice, NYC-PIA Facilitation Chair and NYC-PIA Board member.
How does Dad up his game? According to the sincere, dedicated and compassionate dads who probed this question at NYC-Parents in Action’s 2022 Fathers Forum, it starts with cultivating the best we can be: using honestly, empathy and mutual respect in our relationships with partners and children. In this year’s Fathers Forum, NYC-PIA upped their game too, opening the event to all caregivers. The conversation soared.
What’s on the mind of America’s youth? For 40 years NYC-Parents in Action has asked this question at the annual Teen Scene panel. This year on the evening of the first Monday in February, a panel of sixteen teens, 14 to 18 years old, spoke virtually with NYC-PIA president and panel moderator Lucy Martin Gianino about life in the time of COVID.
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.
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.”