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There are hundreds of books that give parents advice on everything from weaning to toilet training, from discipline to nutrition. But in spite of this overwhelming amount of information, there is very little research-based advice for parents on how to raise their children to be well rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life’s challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning. These are the “essential life skills” that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, both through her own studies and through decades of talking with more than a hundred of the most outstanding researchers in child development and neuroscience. The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all parents can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don’t cost money, and it’s never too late to begin.

In Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky has grouped this research into seven critical areas that children need most:

  1. Focus and self control
  2. Perspective taking
  3. Communicating
  4. Making connections
  5. Critical thinking
  6. Taking on challenges
  7. Self-directed, engaged learning

For each of these skills, Galinsky shows parents what the studies have proven, and she provides numerous concrete things that parents can do—starting today—to strengthen these skills in their children. These aren’t the kinds of skills that children just pick up; these skills have to be fostered. They are the skills that give children the ability to focus on their goals so they can learn more easily and communicate what they’ve learned. These are the skills that prepare children for the pressures of modern life, skills that they will draw on now and for years to come.

Mind in the Making is a truly groundbreaking book, one that teaches parents how to give children the most important tools they will need. Already acclaimed by such thought leaders as T. Berry Brazelton, David A. Hamburg, Adele Faber, and Judy Woodruff, Mind in the Making is destined to become a classic in the literature of parenting.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Adele Faber, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

  • “[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

  • “Offers a gold mine of information…Ms. Galinsky distills the latest findings of more than one hundred top child-development researchers into a readable set of stories, principles, and suggestions for parents.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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

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

    T. Berry Brazelton, MD, emeritus professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center

  • Mind in the Making is the central component of a creative, multifaceted 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

  • “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 twenty-first century.”

    Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour

  • Mind in the Making just put [Galinsky] 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, EdD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

  • 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 of An Inconvenient Truth

  • 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 twenty-first 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 shows why early learning and development matter more than ever. A highly cogent, remarkably accessible, and important book.”

    Michael Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center

  • “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

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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 and the now-classic 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 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, ABC World News, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”