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Best-selling author Michele Borba offers a nine-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood - and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future.
In our hyperconnected, social-media-saturated society, many of us (especially young people) are so obsessed with snapping "selfies" and living virtual lives online that we're forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us IRL (that's "in real life"). The resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis among today's youth - teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were just a generation ago, and narcissism has increased 58 percent during that same period.
But there is a solution: Studies show that the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is that empathy can actually be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk. In UnSelfie, esteemed educator Dr. Michele Borba presents new and compelling research that explains how to impart this key skill to kids - whether it's teaching toddlers how to comfort one another or giving teens the tools to stand up to bullying - and why empathy paves the way for future happiness and success.
Caring about others isn't just about playing nice; it's a skill that's vital for children's mental health, leadership skills, and continued well-being, today and tomorrow. Dr. Borba's nine-step plan for raising successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient provides a revolutionary new framework for learning empathy. Empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success can be planted today - one habit at a time.
©2016 Michele Borba. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Nieves on 03-26-18

Great read

Loved it! Would recommend it to anyone concerned about the wellbeing of children and needing suggestions on how to care about others more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dana L. Eldridge on 11-15-17


This book is a MUST for every parent ! Empathy needs to be part of teaching children a moral compass! We teach manners (please, thank you, etc) but CARING FOR OTHERS needs to be at the top as well. How many selfish people do we know - in families, coworkers, neighbors, those in the public light. Sports, arts and academics are NOT enough for our children to be successful. While this book has soooooo much information, it's also broken down in teachable steps so we can have an impact with our children - today. I'm so grateful to have found this book!

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