Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

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by Ellen Galinsky



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ISBN-13: 9780061732324
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 138,491
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ellen Galinsky, president and cofounder of the Families and Work Institute, helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. At the institute, she continues to conduct seminal research on the changing workforce and changing family. Her more than forty books and reports include Ask the Children: The Breakthrough Study That Reveals How to Succeed at Work and Parenting and the now-classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She served as the elected president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. She holds a Master of Science degree in child development and education from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in child study from Vassar College. A popular keynote speaker, she was a presenter at the White House Conference on Child Care in 1997 and on Teenagers in 2000. She is featured regularly in the media, including appearances on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Skill One: Focus and Self Control 12

Chapter 2 Skill Two: Perspective Taking 67

Chapter 3 Skill Three: Communicating 102

Chapter 4 Skill Four: Making Connections 157

Chapter 5 Skill Five: Critical Thinking 200

Chapter 6 Skill Six: Taking on Challenges 248

Chapter 7 Skill Seven: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning 298

Concluding Thoughts 351

Notes 353

Index 371

What People are Saying About This

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

“A book of incomparable quality about what is best for children and why in today’s world. Mind in the Making helps you assemble the ingredients in your own kitchen for rearing children who are intelligent, emotionally secure, and equipped to succeed.”

Adele Faber

“A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky’s extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.”

Gaston Caperton

“Education goes far beyond the subjects we typically teach in school. Life skills like focus and perspective taking are essential to building human potential. Mind in the Making will be a powerful new resource for teachers and families.”

Judy Molland

“Imagine a combination of an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate child psychologist and the parent you most respect advising you on the best way to raise your child. That’s what you get with Ellen Galinsky’s insightful new book, Mind in the Making.”

Cali Williams Yost

“This book is the antidote for anxious, busy parents who have limited time. It shows them where to put their effort and focus to ensure their children are prepared to thrive today and in the future.”

Judy Woodruff

“Ellen Galinsky—already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace—draws on fresh research to explain what we OUGHT to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America’s fate in the 21st century.”

Philip David Zelazo

“The future of our society depends on how we treat our children and this remarkable book, richly illustrated with examples from the latest scientific research, provides an engaging and well-informed characterization of the developmental challenges children face. It will be of enormous value to parents, educators and policy makers, and serious students of child development.”

T. Berry Brazelton

“We need to get these important messages out, and parents are clamoring for it.”

Laurie David

“Mind in the Making presents some of the most important research that will help every parent teach their children the fundamentals of life. Ellen Galinsky has figured out some of the great mysteries to raising caring, compassionate, well-rounded children. This is a ‘must read’ operating manual for any parent!”

Alison Gopnik

“Ellen Galinsky has been one of our most thoughtful as well as passionate advocates for children. In this book she assembles the latest fascinating research from the very best scientists in the field and presents it clearly and accurately, in a way that parents and others will find most valuable.”

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

“Mind in the Making is a tour de force. In Galinsky’s hands, the latest scientific discoveries about how children learn are carefully molded into seven seemingly simple but profound skills that predict success in the 21st Century.”

David A. Hamburg

“Mind in the Making is the central component of a creative, multi-faceted initiative that clarifies paths to lifelong learning—related to discoveries about brain development and how learning builds on the structure and function of the brain. It is a valuable contribution based on solid research that yields practical benefits.”

Michael Levine

“Mind in the Making shows why early learning and development matter more than ever. A highly cogent, remarkably accessible, and important book.”

Michele Borba

“[Ellen Galinsky’s] latest book, Mind in the Making just put her in the ‘Child Development Expert Hall of Fame.’ Mind in the Making is one of those rare and glorious books that will make a difference on our children’s lives and future.”

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Mind in the Making 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
bne620 More than 1 year ago
This book has everything you'd ever need to know to raise your children. It explains the growth of children from the inside while also providing ways that you can enhance their growth. The writing is great and is so much more than a "how to" book. What's more is that the skills are things that we as adults should consider using in our own lives - with or without children. I highly recommend it!
CharMT More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is a terrific guide for growing life skills in children. Regardless of what path they take in life...these are the skills that they need.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this unsatisfying - I had read more in depth books on many of the topics. But I might recommend it to someone sticking their toe in the water of the child development ocean.
rivkat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things you can do to enhance a child¿s ability to wait, interest in learning, etc. A mix of research plus some concrete suggestions for games and approaches to particular recurring problems. Never praise your kid for being smart, only for working hard! Etc. I feel like I¿ve seen most of this stuff before, but it could make a good introduction, plus the author is very reassuring, not like some advice which suggests that if you didn¿t do X prenatally and thereafter your child is doomed.
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Carly Gibran More than 1 year ago
Read Nuture Shock instead.