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The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful

The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful

by Lynne Azarchi
The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful

The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful

by Lynne Azarchi



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We live in a time when empathy is not only lacking but on the decline. Kids are bullied because of the color of their skin, religion, culture, a disability and more. Bullying and cyberbullying are increasing, especially for black and brown kids, LGBT youth, and Jewish and Muslim youth. Fueled by decreases in respect, kindness, and compassion, the house is on fire!

Empathy may be not be a cure-all, but just a little effort can transform a child into a more sensitive, caring human being. The good news is that empathy – the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes” – can be taught. This book is all about teaching adults to teach empathy to kids. The payoff will last a lifetime.

In this helpful guide, parents, caregivers and teachers are coached to help their children and students to develop social-emotional skills that will equip them to better navigate the world with self-compassion and empathetic concern.

The Empathy Advantage is for the busiest parents and educators. It provides tips, strategies, online resources, and activities that are fun and engaging and take just 10 to 20 minutes. It emphasizes the importance of starting early, being good role models, spending quality face-to-face time together, and more. It will help readers understand the dynamics of bullying and teach children to stand up not only for themselves but others. And it explores other topics including managing media in the home, the value of pets in inculcating empathy, active listening, and self-compassion – i.e. being as forgiving and kind to yourself as you would to a friend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538143711
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 324
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lynne Azarchi is executive director of Kidsbridge Tolerance Center outside of Trenton, New Jersey—a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering bullying prevention, anti-bias, diversity appreciation, empathy, and empowerment strategies for youth. She is a tireless advocate for improving the lives of at-risk youth in communities across New Jersey. Kidsbridge is the only evidence-based center dedicated to youth in the country, with more than 2,500 preschool, elementary, and middle school students and educators improving their social-emotional skills each year. Azarchi has won many awards and been published both in newspapers and academic journals. She is a frequent speaker to parent and teacher groups, corporations and major educational conferences . She lives with her husband in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Why YOU Should Care about Empathy

Chapter 2 – Empathy CAN Be Taught

Chapter 3 – The Science and Biology of Empathy

Chapter 4 – Empathy 101: Defining How Empathy Fits in with Other Emotional Skills

Chapter 5 – Empathy, Media, and Social Media

Chapter 6 – Parent Tips – Strengthening Moral Compasses

Chapter 7 – Teaching Empathy: Infant to Three Years

Chapter 8 – Teaching Empathy: Three to Six Years

Chapter 9 – Teaching Empathy: Elementary Years

Chapter 10 – Teaching Empathy: Middle School Years

Chapter 11 – Teaching Empathy: High School Years

Chapter 12 – Empathy: Critical for Bullying Prevention

Chapter 13 – What Parents Want

Chapter 14 – Self-Compassion and Self-Empathy

Chapter 15 – Active Listening

Chapter 16 – Empathy and Gender

Chapter 17 – Empathy’s Cousins: Social-Emotional Skills

Chapter 18 – Teaching Empathy through Documentary Films, Storytelling, and Photos

Chapter 19 – Pets and Empathy

Chapter 20 – Heroes and More Heroes

Chapter 21 – Empathy and Paying It Forward

Last Thoughts



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