UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2020)

UnSelfie Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World Bestselling author Michele Borba offers a 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 pr
  • Title: UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
  • Author: Michele Borba
  • ISBN: 9781501110030
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bestselling author Michele Borba offers a 9 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.Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids Future Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirBestselling author Michele Borba offers a 9 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.Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids Future Teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago Why is a lack of empathy which goes hand in hand with the self absorption epidemic Dr Michele Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome so dangerous First, it hurts kids academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors Also, it correlates with cheating and less resilience And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem solve all must have skills for the global economy In UnSelfie Dr Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched based, 9 step plan for reversing it Readers will learn Why discipline approaches like spanking, yelling, and even time out can squelch empathy How lavish praise inflates kids egos and keeps them locked in selfie mode Why reading makes kids smarter and kinder How to help kids be Upstanders not bystanders in the face of bullying Why self control is a better predictor of wealth, health, and happiness than grades or IQ Why the right mix of structured extracurricular activities and free play is key for teaching collaboration How to ignite a Kindness Revolution in your kids and community The good news Empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured Dr Borba offers a framework for parenting that yields the results we all want successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and mine to we, us, and ours.
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    1. While I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of raising children to be empathetic, and do so with my own child, I found this book to be weighted down with lists, acronyms, and various things for parents to remember and do So much so that it is impractical for most parents to even attempt to implement One acronym list is enough, not one for every chapter More editing in terms of takeaways is necessary for this book to be at all practical for parents Many of the points are spot on and based on so [...]

    2. Audiobook I almost gave up on it after the intro thinking this was one of those here is how to make your kids better than other people s kids books targeted at the type A crowd and I almost gave up on it later when she mentioned being on Dr Phil But I was than pleasantly surprised by the content.The premise is that teaching empathy and self regulation and resilience to your kids is beneficial to their happiness, success and well being than achievements She gives lots of examples, mentioning d [...]

    3. The trouble with a book like this is that the audience isn t likely to be parents who aren t already trying to raise empathetic kids No parent who lets social media and TV raise their kid and doesn t care what their kid hears and witnesses is gonna pick this up and say this looks like a good read I found myself skimming quite a lot of this book because so much of it was common sense Ask the child how they think their friend feels Yeah There were a few fun suggestions but way too many acronyms no [...]

    4. Michele Borba writes an amazing book that outlines a nine step program to help parents, and teachers, raise empathetic humans A great read with strategies to help you tap into the empathy of your kids I really liked this book, and found some great strategies and stories to use with both my son and my students if you are interested in social sciences or the psychology of kids, read this book.

    5. I did not finish this book I was totally on board with everything said in it until the feminist author started in on blaming violent video games for the decline of empathy in society I m sorry, but we had video games starting in the late 20th century that depicted violence graphically What did we have before that WORLD WAR II Oh, and a slew of other wars where actual people died Nope, no empathy problem there It was only after the invention of the Playstation that led to everyday violence Watts [...]

    6. This is a must read parenting book we live in a world where kindness and empathy are under valued and yet desperately needed The author makes a clear case for why kindness is not only the right thing to teach kids, but also positively impacts all areas of their lives, including both happiness and success But the best part is that she gives specific, concrete strategies for practicing kindness and empathy with your kids and integrating them into your family s life Unlike many parenting books, whi [...]

    7. I am not sure there s anything new here I know we re all in freakout mode about selfies and technology, but the advice in here is pretty ancient teach your kids empathy and how to not be a holes There were some good hints in there about helping kids label emotions, but I believe most parents are already aware of how to make their kids kind The problem is that maybe some parents don t aim to make their kids kind, but make them winners That too is an ancient decision.

    8. One Day Read Yes, start to finish I couldn t put it down From the research to the practical application, UnSelfie helps the adults learn about the barriers kids today have at reaching their best selves and how we can help bridge that gap.

    9. This book is great for a person with children but is not meant for a younger person just wondering about where are society is headed

    10. Great read there s lots of advice and ideas for parents and teachers, and ideas for every age group too At times it was a little redundant, but overall it accomplished what I was hoping for, and we have already started applying some of it at home.

    11. This book is packed with interesting stats and information on what clearly seems to be a disconnected culture among our young people and the effects that is having As electronics replace face to face interaction and among our young people, the results continue to develop among our kids Borba focuses particularly on the trait of empathy, why it is vital to society, how the lack of it harms our society at all levels, and how the ability to empathize can help our children thrive throughout their [...]

    12. This highly readable, hand on practical treatise on how to develop empathy in children is a must read for parents and teachers alike While it went on a bit too long and there was some repetition, the lists of anecdotes, activities and advice are well worth the price of the paperback Mine is full of underlines and highlights, and I feel armed with plenty of advisory ideas to start the school year.

    13. Parenting expert and educational psychologist Dr Michele Borba released a new book last week This by itself isn t newsworthy she has, after all, published roughly a book a year for the last quarter of a century But this latest contribution has the potential to have a significant impact on parents and their children.I ve followed Dr Borba s contributions over the last several years and find her to be a caring and committed commentator on all things parenting She doesn t purport to be omniscient a [...]

    14. It s sad that a book like this would have to be written It s infinitely sadder that there are certainly a large number of parents who will read this book and say, aha While there were some good pieces of advice within these pages, I found duh moments than aha moments, but perhaps I m too old to truly understand the selfie generation They were coming of age while I was busy raising an empathetic family or at least trying to.

    15. Good message way too many steps lists takeaways to rememberuld do with another round of editing IMO.

    16. I like the ideas for getting your kids to be empathetic Very evidence based, good explanations of why those things worked.I did NOT love the fear mongering suggesting that today s kids are worse than any others in history The evidence doesn t support this nearly as strongly as the book indicates A lot of the evidence for this is just based on the opinions of Baby Boomers Frankly, every generation thinks the younger ones are ruining the world, and there s plenty of historical record proving that [...]

    17. I very much like the motivation of this book which suggests that we need to move our focus from wholly academic achievement to training children to develop empathy This, the author argues, is what will be most needed in our increasingly diverse and currently divided world I was, however, ambivalent about the framing of younger people as too vain as all young generations with great variation child to child are self centered it is developmentally expected for Americans The fact there is photograph [...]

    18. First off, this book was written by an educational psychologist so it seems much of a blueprint for schools and teachers than parents She uses a bullet point system of strategies for each desired outcome and honestly, there are just so many directives Many of the stories describe events that happened at schools and couldn t really be replicated on a smaller family scale.Nevertheless, The stories were engaging and sometimes inspiring and the studies were informative.My favorite section of the bo [...]

    19. While I really liked the concept and underlying message of this book, I found it monotonous and overly repetitive It read like a textbook but without the same organization I felt like she had some fantastic examples of ways to teach your children to show empathy and stand strong against injustice, but every parent in my book club felt that based on her text, we ve ruin our kids already by not doing these simple 40 ish things I took notes and even applied a few of the methods in my dealings with [...]

    20. I read this book for a Parent Teacher book club at my children s school I agree with the premise of the book that our children are growing up in a very self centered world and that empathy is so important it must be deliberately taught What I enjoyed most was all the specific and real ideas to help teach each concept I especially loved the idea of doing a family mantra My complaint about this book is there is just too many lists There are multiple steps she gives for teaching empathy one chapter [...]

    21. Very hands on and full of ready to go advice and interesting cases showing how the tips and suggestions throughout the book have fared in the world A good read for parents concerned about their children being drawn too fast into the Me focused selfie culture and also a good read for any one who wants to understand the fundamental shifts that have occurred in parenting and the values that are passed on to the latest generation of kids and what the sad and worrisome concequences have been and migh [...]

    22. Our culture in general is becoming self centered Kids are taught that hard work will lead to success and happiness This author argues that those ideas are leading to selfishness, not happiness Instead of praising our kids so much for their intellect and talents, we should be praising them each time they put the needs of others before their own There lies the secret to happiness My only disappointment with the book is that it s really for parents of younger kids You need to start teaching empath [...]

    23. Reviewed by Mary Langer ThompsonWhat do kids need to be happy and successful Empathy is the answer, and teachable habits must be taught, practiced, and lived Unselfie Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World by Michele Borba, Ed.D is the perfect title to get the attention of young and old Empathy is not an add on or an inborn trait, yet this one trait affects future health, wealth, relationships, and promotes kindness, moral courage, and is an antidote to bullying, aggression, and r [...]

    24. I had high hopes, and they weren t met That s probably my issue This is of a parenting book than a general audience book about the phenomenon of self absorption in young people It does quote quite a bit of research about empathy as well as noted changes in generational attitudes towards money, success, and materialism I did like the classroom applications I got tired of reading about the stream of awesomely empathetic kids who founded charities The organization of the book makes it easy to read [...]

    25. Useful for Parents of School Aged KidsWhile I did like the book and found many useful ideas, this is a book I will have to come back to once my own children are in elementary school Most of the ideas and lessons are for school aged children, although there are a few that you can start from preschool age There is a key for each activity section that says All, L little kids toddlers and preschoolers , S school age , T teens , etc, but I found quite a lot of the activities for little kids to be too [...]

    26. This was a fantastic read, and I recommend it to anyone who has kids grandkids, or works with children Empathy is so important, and today s kids and consequently adults have less empathy than ever before The book details how empathy is a learned trait, not an inherent one, and gives practical tips and tools for developing empathy across all age ranges It also details just why empathy is so important, and how those with higher levels of empathy go on to greater successes in life, in case developi [...]

    27. I read this book thanks to Blinkist.We ve all been bullied at some point in one way or another, so I think that this is an important book.The key message in this book Children today live in a self absorbed culture that makes them ill equipped to understand the emotions of others Nonetheless, parents and teachers can help children learn to feel greater empathy by teaching them about emotions, showing them how their actions affect others and outlining what they can do to change the world.

    28. Somewhat repetitive and relying too heavily on acronyms and school based experiments, many of which do not apply to older age groups due to their simplicity While engaging, I fear this is not a life changing book for a parent with a child on the receiving end of the bully spectrum Although I do like to see evidence of empathy in my own child that parallels many of the examples provided in this book It lets me know that I m hopefully doing something right as a parent I only wish that others would [...]

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