UnSelfie

Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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EVERY PARENT & EVERY CHILD

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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Not only does the author explain why it's important to raise empathetic children, but also gives several strategies.

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Amazing book

The book is great for parents and teachers alike. Very thorough and full of strategies. The reader is terrible on the audiobook. It sounds robotic and actually made me resist listening to the whole book. I did, but it would’ve been far more enjoyable to listen to the author.

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So many ideas to start and keep doing!

This is such a great book - in my top 5 for parenting and happiness creation

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Must read!

This book is full of information we all, and most importantly, anyone who interacts with children need to learn. I have bought many copies to give a way to anyone who will take it.

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Empathy is King! This book helped me see it!

Before listening to this book, I had no idea how critical empathy is to our society and to the success of each one of us.

I am definitely taking the principles contained herein to heart!

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A must for every parent

Having trouble combatting screens / digital devices? This is a useful book for any age, to awaken your child to the "real world" and help raise awareness and empathy.

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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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Excellent parenting book

I have read quite a few parenting books but I needed something with upto date information. The way this information is presented is very easy to follow and easy to implement. I would recommend every parent read this book!

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Timely and Well Researched

Well researched book with a timely message. Filled with practical tips, examples, and insight for parents. I definitely recommend you check out Unselfie.

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Very helpful for character-building.

I just started to implement some of the author's strategies to my son, and it seems to be working. I find that the book is not just for our kids but it's for everyone.