Podcast Episode 76: Raising Empathetic Kids

Podcast Episode 76: Raising Empathetic Kids

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 76 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how to raise empathetic kids in a selfie-obsessed world.

My guest on this episode is Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying and character development. She is an award-winning author of twenty-two books translated into a whopping fourteen languages. Her latest book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World, will be out June 7th, 2016. Dr. Borba is considered one of the foremost authorities on childhood development in the U.S. and she’s here today to discuss what she calls “an epidemic of self-absorption” in today’s kids and what parents can do about it. She also explains new research that shows empathy is not just a “nice-to-have” quality; it plays a surprising role in predicting our kids’ happiness and success.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Dr. Borba.

Dr. Borba’s book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World

Dr. Borba’s website

Dr. Borba’s other books

Dr. Borba’s blog

Dr. Borba’s Facebook page

Dr. Borba on Twitter

Dr. Borba’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“Straight from my mother was the best advice and at that point I didn’t realize she was right. It was, ‘Michele, it goes by too quickly. You won’t believe how fast your children grow up. Take the moments that they’re with you to enjoy them, relax and create the memories. Those are above all else what children remember. It’s not all the stuff we do. It’s more important who you are.’ And now when I look at that, it means really and truly, the best way to teach these habits in Unselfie, is to model them yourself. Children look at you as the model to look at, rewind and say, ‘That was my mom. That’s who I want to be out there in the real world myself, an empathetic, caring human being.'”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by