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Michele Borba

Unselfie: Is the Selfie Syndrome Undermining Our Kids’ Future?

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for at 6:30 pm pre-meeting reception welcoming all families new to Glenbard.

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 selfabsorption 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 more 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: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World (Simon & Schuster, June 2016) Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing it. Here are just a few things she addresses:

• Why discipline approaches like spanking, yelling, and time-out can squelch empathy
• How lavish praise inflates kids’ egos and keeps them locked in “selfie” mode
• How to counter a toxic culture and raise empathetic kids who want to change the world
• Nine essential habits that give kids the Empathy Advantage and real success edge
• Why reading makes kids smarter and kinder
• What science says today’s kids need to thrive in a global, complex world
• How to reclaim face-to-face conversation and kids emotional lives in a plugged-in world
• Why self-control is a better predictor of wealth, health and happiness than grades or IQ
• How to help kids be Upstanders—not bystanders—in the face of bullying
• Why the right mix of structured extracurricular activities and free play is key for teaching
• 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.

MICHELE BORBA, Ed.D., is 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 fourteen languages. One of the foremost authorities on childhood development in the
country, she is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an
expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show,
among many others. She lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of
three grown sons. See www.micheleborba.com

Michele Borba – Info Sheet

Unselfie Discussion Guide by Michele Borba

Michele Borba interview on ABC 7 Chicago Windy City Live 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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