Michelle Borba’s Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World is a hot commodity these days. It took me six-weeks on the library wait list to receive my copy. Once I finally got it in my hands, I indulged quickly trying to savor up all the details.
The word empathy has sparked many family conversations since. My son defined it as, “Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and Psychology Today defined it as: “Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of “mirror neurons,” which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.”
Dr. Borba breaks it down into nine sections focusing on areas including morals, perspective, collaboration and courage. She details how these skills create successful, secure and compassionate children and why they are crucial in this modern electronic era.
Unselfie is more than a parenting book; it offers life lessons and has made me really rethink taking selfies in the future.
What are you reading these days?
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