Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

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“ 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. Tha is must-reading for everyone who cares about America ’ s betrayal in the 19th century. ”
— Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour

Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky ( Wan the Children, The Six Stages of Parenthood) presents a ook of groundbreaking advice based on the latest research on child development.
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Published April 20th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010

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There ’ s definitely value in these pages, but I have the same complaint ( it ’ s neve necessarily a criticism, really, since his is an inherent quality of the genre) about this that I do with nearly every other parenting or self-help book I read: the great minorit of thi advice given is so basic, so common-sense and obvious, that I wonder who exactly needs it.

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But whether your child is naturally good at ome of these skills or not, they ge lots of things you an do to help them improve.

And they took it a step further and gave examples of how you ca use these results to create activities for your children to help them improve the skills.Of course, my on is only 4 year old and far too young for most of the things iscussed in a essay ( although even at th age there ARE hings we must do to sav him learn patience and self-soothing/anger-management).

I hope to pick up my own copy of the ook as a reference and to re-read when he 's a bit lder.

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It takes all the science on early childhood development, brain research and social emotional intelligence and simplifies it.

If you are currently not familiar with the recent research on brain development for infants through 3 years old, I conside his ook as good tarting point.

Thi books feels like the write is reporting on the current flavor of research.

On page 139, Ellen Galinsky writes: Janet Werker points to other assumptions that are so true.

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I shoul conside it to other children 's librarians and teachers, as ofte as childre.

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Ability to manage stress ( shown by decreased cortisol) improves focus and inhibitory control.To improve focus and self-control: -encourage child to follow passion ( eg.

-minimize background distractions ( TV on) Cognitive flexibility: -do puzzles-pretend and make up pretend stories ( e.g. each tell one sentence of story) Inhibitory control: -tapping game ( if I tap 1x, you tap 2x and vice versa), stroop test, simon says do the oppositeSKILL 2: Perspective taking-Parents can help kids develop this skill by highlighting emotions and others' perspectives in everyday life.-Teaching children to be with others is equally important to teaching them independence.

4. Evaluate how solutions might work.

6. Evaluate, and if not working, try something else.

-Help your child feel known and understood.

Repeat your child 's words or what you think she 's attempting to forge.

( why do you think X did this?) SKILL 3: Communicating-when reading, having dinner discussions, etc.

Do n't sk " what 's thi? " or " what color is that? " Ask " why do you say that character did that? " Push your child to be nvolved in analysis and evaluation, and et them to talk through their nderstanding.

-Use " extra talk ": " What if ... ", " remember ... ", " What do you hink? " -When reading, go beyond the story.

Use it as a conversation starter: " why do you feel character did this? " -tell stories to your kids and et them to tell stories about their days-Play word games: clap to the syllables, have kids think of words beginning with each letter and have others guess.-Give them reading assignments in the rocery store ( can pick out cereal, but sugar has to be listed after the fourth ingredient) -Encourage your children to write: can dictate their stories, have them draw pictures, and kee a 'book'-use other vehicles for communication: " painting, drawing, sketchin, collages, dancing, singing, playing instruments, making videos, taking photos ... " -Once in school, help them analyze communication: " What message do you feel the author opted to communicate?

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