April 05, 2010
Every few years, there is a local incident of bullying that is so horrible, so beyond our understanding that the local incident escalates to a national incident with continued coverage.
The latest of these occurrences is the tragic story of Phoebe Prince, the 15-year old high school student who moved to South Hadley, Massachusetts from Ireland and committed suicide in January. At the end of March, criminal charges were filed against nine students—six of the teenagers were charged with felonies and three were charged as juveniles, all for bullying.
Much of the news coverage of this incident and others like this one has focused on our attempts to figure out what went wrong and to assign blame. We go over and over the known facts and dig deeper for new facts to try to understand. Is it families with children who bully who are at fault? Is it the school personnel—teachers and administrators—who seemingly stand by and don’t take action when the signs that something is wrong abound? Is it the community—from the law enforcement system to the community culture that are to blame?
I, too, have been asking myself the question of what goes wrong and what can go right. These are especially urgent questions for me because I have spent decades conducting and studying the research on children’s development.read more
March 29, 2010
By Ellen Galinsky
The novelist William Gibson has famously said, "The future is already here--it's just unevenly distributed." This past week, Families and Work Institute and The Conference Board co-convened our annual business Work Life Conference around the theme of the "new normal'--what the future is expected to bring and how we might respond.
As I participated in the conference, I found myself realizing--surprisingly--that my forthcoming book, Mind in the Making is, in some ways, a case study on providing parenting information in the 21st century. Here are some key trends we discussed as the "new normal" and a few thoughts on how they relate to Mind in the Making:
1. Change is propelled by curiosityread more
March 24, 2010
Paul Nyhan recently posted "National Campaign to Help Parents Connect and Use Early Learning Science Launches Next Month" about Mind in the Making on the Birth to Thrive Online blog.
This spring one of the giants of family research will launch a campaign to connect parents and teachers with all of the research on benefits of quality early learning, and help them use it.
Next month, Family and Work Institute head Ellen Galinsky will kick off “A Mind in the Making,” an ambitious and multifaceted effort that will be the culmination of eight years of work on early childhood learning research, why kids lose interest in learning and what can be done to keep them engaged.
Read the full post on Birth to Thrive Online
March 19, 2010
By Ellen Galinsky
The way that conventional media thinks it can best reach parents is through presenting what’s wrong–the latest tragedy, crisis or failure. The way that parenting bloggers say they want to be reached is through being inspired.
The way that conventional media thinks it can reach parents is through “what’s new.” The way bloggers say they want to be reached is through ‘what’s real’–’what’s authentic.’
The New York Times published an article about mommyblogging today that captures many of the acknowledged good points about parenting blogging- the community, the support- and furthered many of the stereotypes behind mommyblogging- that many just do it for the pageviews, or potential sponsorship. I’m in the middle of launching a new parenting book in today’s media landscape, and I see clearly an often unstated reason why parents love to blog: to create their own narrative of the struggles and joys of parenting.read more
March 16, 2010
By Amy McCampbell
Last year, the Sears Tower (or, as it’s known by its new name, the Willis Tower) unveiled a glass balcony on its 103rd floor. Visitors get to creep about four feet out from the building…and 1,353 feet high above the city of Chicago.
Some of us on the Mind in the Making team were talking about and just how much it reminded us of an experiment we filmed, UC Berkeley Professor Joe Campos’ Visual Cliff. In it, a baby is placed on a large box that’s covered by a piece of clear plexi-glass. Halfway across, there’s what looks like a drop, though it’s clearly safe to cross thanks to the sturdy platform. On the opposite side of the platform is the baby’s mom, either making a smiling face (signaling to the baby that it’s okay to cross), or a fearful face (which tells the baby to stay put).
You can watch the experiment here.
The experiment is so powerful… you can really see the babies reading their parents to try to figure out what to do.read more