Are children more or less empathetic than they used to be? We adults, parents or not, should care about the answer since younger generations are our future corporate, government, and civic leaders. How important is empathy to their success, and how can empathy be increased and stretched?
Today, I talk with Dr. Michele Borba about the value of empathy and why it’s crucial we teach character to our children. She shares research that empathy has been on the decline for children since 2000, and what effect the pandemic had on their empathy and resilience. But don’t lose hope: We also talk about the amazing ways young people are building empathy and changing the world. Michele shares the 7 most crucial character strengths that boost resilience, peak performance, and wellbeing – and how they work together for both children and adults.
Finally, she shares practical, evidence-based, SIMPLE ways to cultivate children’s empathy and resilience – and yes, these can work for you and your team, too!
To access the episode transcript, please click on the episode title at www.TheEmpathyEdge.com
- We need to be more intentional about teaching our kids character and empathy, now more than ever. It doesn’t mean we need more tutors, tech, or classes, but it does require conversation and leading by example.
- Behavior is always changeable – be very clear about what you want to switch, then do a little bit every day to make that change and create the new habit.
- Our empathy goes dormant when all we see is the bad stuff. The news that you are watching and consuming does affect your emotions and your empathy levels.
“Empathy, right now than any other trait we have, particularly in an AI world, is probably the #1 trait that’s going to help us raise mentally happy, aware parents, grownups, business people, and children.” — Dr. Michele Borba
About Michele Borba, Ed.D, Educational Psychologist
Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an educational psychologist and former teacher recognized for offering research-driven advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents, educators and children. A frequent Today show contributor, she is the recipient of the National Educator Award and Character.org’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. Michele is the author of 25 books -her latest: UnSelfie, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, and Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. She also appears on Dr. Phil, The View, CNN, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and featured in numerous publications, including U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, and The NYTimes.
The Empathy Edge podcast: Dr. Gina Baleria: Empathy in Journalism and Today’s Media Landscape
The Empathy Edge podcast: Eric Dawson: When You Ask Young People to Change the World, They Step Up and Lead
Connect with Michele Borba, Ed.D.
- Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine https://www.amazon.com/Thrivers-Surprising-Reasons-Struggle-Others/dp/0593085299
- UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-You World https://www.amazon.com/UnSelfie-Empathetic-Succeed-All-About-Me-World/dp/1501110071
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