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Galinsky (Six Stages of Parenthood; Ask the Children) has spent her career observing and analyzing how children learn. Collaborating with top researchers in the science of childhood brain development for the past decade, she identifies seven life skills that help children reach their full potential and unleash their passion to learn. The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred suggestions (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning. Each of seven chapters focuses on one skill, most of them involved with the executive (or management) function of the brain, such as focus and self-control, communicating, and critical thinking. Galinsky urges parents to instill in their children a grasp of different kinds of knowledge to best tap inborn sense and foster self-motivation. The big message is simple: teaching children to think may be the most important thing a parent can do. It doesn't take a village and it doesn't require fancy courses or equipment—Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start. Some of the advice may seem self-evident, but it is a valuable, worthwhile resource. (Apr.)
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“[Mind in the Making] may well be the next iconic parenting manual, up there with Spock and Leach and Brazelton, one that parents turn to for reassurance that all is more or less okay, reminders of how to make it better and glimpses of what’s to come.” (New York Times)

“A valuable resource! Ellen Galinsky’s extensive research reveals important insights into the science of early learning.” (Adele Faber, co-author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk)

“We need to get these important messages out, and parents are clamoring for it.” (T. Berry Brazelton, M. D., Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus Harvard Medical School and founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center)

“A readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents’ narratives about what works and what doesn’t. Galinsky’s everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start...a valuable, worthwhile resource.” (Publishers Weekly)

As a working parent, I was grateful for every new nugget of insight to help me assess my kids’ development and progress in school. I wish I had had “Mind in the Making,” a recent book by Ellen Galinsky that offers a gold mine of information. (Wall Street Journal)

“[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.” (Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions)

“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.” (Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour)

“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.” (David A. Hamburg, MD,Weill Cornell Medical College and President Emeritus of the Carnegie Corporation of New York)

“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.” (Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Professor of Psychology, Temple University, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool)

“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.” (Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Professor of Education, Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware, and coauthor of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool)

“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!” (Laurie David, author of Family Dinners, and Producer, An Inconvenient Truth)

“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.” (Philip David Zelazo, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of MinnesotaPhilip David Zelazo, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of MinnesotaPhilip David Zelazo, Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of)

“Mind in the Making shows why early learning and development matter more than ever. A highly cogent, remarkably accessible, and important book.” (Michael Levine, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center)

“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.” (Gaston Caperton, President of the College Board)

“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.” (Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley and author of The Philosophical Child)

“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.” (Cali Williams Yost, author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You)

“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.” (Judy Molland, Care2.com)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006173232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061732324
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't normally go in for this type of book, I'm not big on self-help stuff, but I read a couple of good reviews on an educational website which made it sound interesting so I bought it. I'm glad I did.

There's very little here that is really new, I suspect, I think good parents have been trying to do these things for years. BUT, this book serves as a great one-stop shop for good parenting practices and, more importantly, explains why the practices are effective using real world examples and academic research. Generally speaking, I don't have much patience for being told "what" without the "why", that's not a problem with this book.

This is a great little book and a quick read, I've already found myself referring back to it for specific ideas when working with my kids. I encourage you to read it.
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As previous reviewers have mentioned before, this book could have been cut down in half and the information condensed. Don't get me wrong. Galinsky's research is sound and the content is quite useful. The seven skills themselves provide an excellent framework to discuss current studies on child development, and it a fresh perspective from traditional approaches to parenting. But rather than provide an intelligent analysis of her findings, Galinsky often rambles on about personal experiences with her children Philip and Lara; unnecessary anecdotes of unknown parents' perspectives; and she provides lengthy quotes from other researchers (which feels like plagiarism!). At times Galinsky's explanation of a topic, such as her various "suggestions," is unclear or lacks critical thought. What are Galinsky's own thoughts aside from relating the research to her personal experiences? How did she come up with this particular set of skills? How do these skills relate to childrens' long-term success? None of these questions are probed. This is more of an extended PowerPoint presentation about the seven skills than a book worthy of fresh, well-articulated ideas.
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I have read a ton of books on parenting, and Mind in the Making is one of the smartest parenting books I have ever read. She takes all of this information and studies and synthesizes into these 7 steps that are really easy to understand, and can be useful with children of any age -- not just young children. My kids are teenagers and I found the information incredibly helpful and I saw results -- especially the chapter about "focus." This book really changed the way I parent.
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I have long been an admirer of Ellen Galinsky's work. As president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, Ellen and her colleagues have produced some of the most interesting and important findings on the relationship between work and family functioning that we have. I often cite her research in my interviews and she has become one of the most important go-to people in the field. So I was not surprised by how much I liked her new book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs. Mind in the Making summarizes the best of what we know about how children develop the capacity for thinking, learning, developing good judgement, and succeeding in life. Unlike most parenting books, Mind in the Making backs up each one of its assertions with research on child development, neurology, and parenting. It is written in a warm, engaging style that reads more like a conversation with the reader than a dry treatise on child development. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Mind in the Making provides the reader with multiple ways to help a child develop the seven essential life skills that she describes. Highly recommended!
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I was excited about the concept of the book, but not so enamored of the execution. I find the writing style to be too fluffy for my own personal taste. I find myself skimming through most of the book, and that is NOT the way I read books. There are parts of the book that I found to be interesting, but as a whole the book was not engaging enough to compel me to read the whole thing. I think the information could have been effectively communicated in a book half the length.
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This is a wonderful book. I am a speech-language pathologist and picked it up at the library on a whim. I found it contained great practical information for parents and wonderful ideas for teachers and other educators. I bought this one for my daughter's fourth grade teacher at the end of the year.
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Anyone who cares about children and the future should read this book. Obviously, parents are those who will most benefit from the simple and effective suggestions for developing in their children the seven skills the author talks about. But I think this is also a must-read for educators, grandparents like me, etc. Full of excellent research, great ideas, delightful anecdotes. Not a reference book to sit on the shelf - this one should be kept handy.
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Overall, this is a good book to have. It's full of good ideas for parents and educators (mostly parents), and it backs it up with easy-to-read discussions of all of the relevant research. However, many of the negative reviews of this book complain that it is too long, not well organized, and full of distracting tangents. It turns out those folks are absolutely right. Although I loved the ideas, I became so frustrated with slogging through personal anecdotes, extended quotations, countless headings and subheadings and asides that I simply stopped reading the book. When I picked it up again, I found myself writing the main idea at the top of the page just to keep track of what I was supposed to be understanding. I still recommend the book. The information and suggestions are well worth the effort, but keep a pot of coffee and a highlighter on hand.
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