I hope you all enjoyed the Mind in the Making Read-Along series. I’m so glad that I read it, and I’m quite confident I’ll be going back to it again and again.
I’m also thrilled that Ellen Galinsky has offered to answer some of the questions you had about the book, and offer more insight into how the book came about, and the hopes she has for its influence.
I found her comments fascinating, and I hope you will too. The Q&A is broken into three parts (you’ll find them linked below).
Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
On the writing process…
“And then there was my feeling about the way many parenting books do guilt us. Some books that I had read in college and graduate school and had loved before I had my own children, felt different after my children were born. I remember literally throwing one book into the fire because it was such a guilt-trip book. Who needs that? We want to be inspired, not blamed. We are (unfortunately) far too fast to blame ourselves without needing anyone else to do it.“
On recognizing your child’s “lemonade stands”…
“Being apathetic about everything is learned; it is a response to a situation. I can’t believe that parents haven’t seen a spark of interest somewhere, sometime in their children’s growing up years. I would try to go back to that spark and begin to rekindle it.”
On encouraging kids to take on challenges:
“And we need to let our kids know that making mistakes comes with the territory. If we aren’t making mistakes, we aren’t learning.”
I’d love to hear what comments jump out at you, change your thinking, or inspire you to action.
Start reading Part 1 HERE.