Life today can be complex, distracting, fast moving, 24-7, and stressful. It is also joyful and full of exciting possibilities. We know that if it is this way for us, it is only going to be more so for our children. We all want the best for our children, but how do we help them not only survive but thrive, today and in the future? It is clear that there is information children need to learn—facts, figures, concepts, insights, and understandings. But we have neglected something that is equally essential—children need life skills.
"Too much of the parenting conversation has served to raise the bar beyond what is reasonable or necessary, to tell parents there is one right way, and you’d better learn it fast before you ruin your child for good. Galinsky’s goal, as she writes in a guest essay today, is to ratchet down that frenzy and reduce the guilt by sending parents the message that they already know most of what they need to know, and they are already doing pretty darn well." The New York Time
"Each chapter focuses on a single skill, recounting fascinating research on brain development and babies and then making suggestions for strengthening the skill in your child. Mind in the Making is chock full of gee-whiz moments, such as the finding that toddlers can remember and mimic a researcher's gesture four entire months later -- after first seeing it for just 20 seconds. I was blown away by the research on how much babies understand about language, numbers and people's intentions, long before they become verbal." About Parenting
"These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing, 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." Pioneer Valley Montessori School
Giftedness should extend far beyond a category or a label; it should certainly not be confined to a score or an IQ or achievement test. The test simplifies the recognition of some talents, but the complex potential of a child’s talents, sustained interests, and special aptitudes cannot be represented by performance
Children are not that different from adults. They want clear and realistic goals, expectations for their futures, and systems that will allow them to arrive at those goals feeling fulfilled and stronger. They also want a voice in setting those goals and expectations for their futures. When children go to a
Positive Involvement is designed to convince parents that they need to be involved in their child's learning and it is written to show them how to be both positive and effective in that involvement. As one reviewer wrote, 'The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on
Dealing more effectively with explosive children requires, first and foremost, an understanding of why these children behave as they do. Once this understanding is achieved, strategies for helping things improve often become self-evident. In some instances, achieving a more accurate understanding of a child’s difficulties can, by itself, lead to improvements
We aim to help prepare minds for the incredible task of raising a child. We believe the preparation of the mind is far more important than the preparation of the nursery. Your baby will not care if his head rests on designer sheets or beside Disney characters, nor is your success
Studies prove that adults who continue to learn about children – about parenting them and teaching them – make the best parents and the best teachers.
Trustworthy relationships that foster learning are caring and reliable relationships where adults can be depended on
Keep children safe; make them feel secure; give them structure, a routine and pattern to their lives that they can count on
Critical thinking is the ongoing search for valid and reliable knowledge to guide beliefs, decisions, and actions.