#72 – Understanding the Stages of Parenting with Ellen Galinsky

by | Jul 3, 2023 | Featured, New parent, Parenting, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

Our children go through developmental stages from the moment they are born, but how many of you know that parents also go through stages of development?

In this episode, Ellen Galinsky, co-founder and President of Families and Work Institute discusses her book “The Six Stages of Parenthood.” She shares that when she had her first child, she understood his development, but she didn’t understand her own. Ellen explains how parents, like their children, also go through a period of development and transition, whether it’s through birth or adoption. And it’s also a transition for those closest to the parent. Her discoveries of these stages of parenthood help parents to be intentional in figuring out who they are and who they want to be as a parent. 

Understand more about parent development and the six stages in this episode with Ellen!

Topics discussed:
  • Why Ellen wrote her book “The Six Stages of Parenthood”
  • Her discoveries of the transition to Parenthood
  • Learning through moments of expectation and reality
  • Understanding yourself and the impact that has on you and your child
  • Understanding it’s okay to agree to agree and agree to disagree with those around you
  • About Ellen’s new book on adolescent development
  • Advice for parents of little ones
About the Guest

Ellen Galinsky is the President of Families and Work Institute (FWI), an organization she co-founded in 1989. She is the elected President of the Work and Family Researchers Network, a network of several thousand researchers globally, and additionally serves as a consultant to the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary of Youth Mental Health at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Between March 2016 and September 2022, she served as Chief Science Officer of the Bezos Family Foundation. Before co-founding FWI, she spent over two decades at the Bank Street College of Education.

Her life’s work revolves around identifying important societal questions as they emerge, conducting research to seek answers, and turning the findings into action. She strives to be ahead of the curve, address compelling issues, and provide rigorous data that can affect our lives. Over her career, her research has focused on work-life, children’s development, youth voice, child-care, parent-professional relationship, and parental development.

Galinsky is the author of Mind in the Making, a best-selling book on early learning that the New York Times called “an iconic parenting manual,” and Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour named “a must-read for everyone who cares about America’s fate in the 21st Century.” Her book on adolescent development, The Breakthrough Years, will be published in early 2024 and involves nine years of research, including three original studies. She is also the author of 90 books/reports and 360 articles for books, academic journals, magazines, and the Web.  

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Read Ellen’s books:

The Six Stages of Parenting by Ellen Galinsky

Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky

Read our blog on the stages of parenting:

The Stages of Parenting



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