Helping Children Reach Their Full Potential: “Mind in the Making”

Julie Ryan Evans
Watching my children grow and learn is one of the most fascinating and overwhelming things I've ever done.
With all that potential right there, the responsibility to nurture it is immense. That's why I can't wait to read Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky, which is predicted to be the next "iconic parenting manual" by The New York Times.

The book cuts to the heart of what I strive so hard to equip my children with -- a love for learning and the skills they need to thrive and reach their full ability in life.

Galinsky eschews all the fancy classes and educational toys that bombard parents today -- the ones that are so easy to get caught up in, thinking if you don't provide them for your children, they'll be left behind. Galinsky says they aren't the things that are going to help children reach their full potential.

Instead, she promotes seven life skills that will help children now and in their futures and can be taught through simple activities: Focus and Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communicating, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges, and Self-Directed Engaged Learning. She offers everyday tactics to help instill them.

You can see Galinsky here talking about her book with Katie Couric.

Publisher's Weekly had this to say: "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."

This one is definitely next up in my Kindle queue.

Have you read Mind in the Making or is it on your to-read list?

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