Mind in the Making

  • by Ellen Galinsky
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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:

Focus and self-control
Perspective taking
Making connections
Critical thinking
Taking on challenges
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 audiobook, one that teaches parents how to give children the most important tools they will need.


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the type of book one might want to re-read. It makes a change in the way I see my relationship with myself first and then with youngsters around
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- George

inspires contemplation and self realization

I like to play audiobooks while I clean and work out. this was highly informative. I saw a few other reviews touting that they did not like the writing style but it was perfect for me. I love analytical data. I wanted more specific activities but there were a lot of suggestions throughout.
it has definitely inspired me to try to learn to control my temper better and STOP being an anxious or alarmist parent. I know that is what my mom did with me and it is up to me to br3ak the cycle.
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- Katie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.