chats discuss cultivating empathy in SELFIE-FILLED GENERATION 

Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to join Norfolk Collegiate as we kick-off our fall book chat series on Thursday, Sept. 22.

This year, we’ve added an evening chat to accommodate all schedules. The morning sessions will be held in the Lower School Admissions Suite at 8:30 a.m. and the evening session will take place in the King Boardroom at 7 p.m. (please note that this is a change from the printed calendar).

“It is our hope that this expanded offering will be a convenient and fun way to offer a more inclusive learning and social experience for our parents,” said Jan Weintraub, facilitator and lower school guidance counselor.

The informal chats will delve into the book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michelle Borba, Ed.D.

“I had originally selected another title for the fall book chats, but I felt compelled to replace it with UnSelfie after hearing the author, Dr. Michelle Borba, speak at the Character Matters Conference at the University of San Diego this past June,” said Weintraub. “Her work, in this recently published book, is timely and pairs well with our school’s mission to provide a strong foundation of social-emotional learning skills and inclusive experiences for all.”

In this book, best-selling author and educational psychologist Borba engages in a thoughtful study of empathy and indicates that today’s children are significantly less empathic than earlier generations. She describes the phenomenon as the Selfie Syndrome.

“In this age of increased self-absorption and decreased empathy, described as the Selfie Syndrome by Dr. Borba, this book serves as a clarion call for all to appreciate empathy and kindness as essential life skills. They not only help to shift focus to the collective good, but they contribute to enhanced life satisfaction and success,” said Weintraub.

The goal of our book chats is to provide an opportunity for family members from all divisions and our surrounding community to come together and discuss relevant topics related to raising children in today’s world.

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