Finding our way to a kinder culture―a culture that starts with our families.

Book Description

In homes and school communities nationwide, there is re-energized interest in the values of community, compassion, and tolerance, and in finding our way to a kinder culture—a culture that starts with our families. Headlines speak of hate crimes, intolerance, and us-versus-them divisiveness. Recent political events have left many Americans yearning for unity, respect, and compassion in our national discourse. In our schools, bullying continues to be a pervasive problem, and in our homes, ‘screen-time’ poses a constant threat to ‘family time.’ Research shows that connection and social engagement are key to successful, fulfilling lives, and yet we have never been less connected than we are now. Perhaps more than any other group, parents recognize the potential damage of this trend.

Our Story

Photos by Marcia Ciriello

We are both mental health professionals who have devoted our lives to working with families and children. We are a mom and grandma. We are an aunt and niece team. We share experiences from our work lives and values from our own family. We originally set out to write a book about raising charitable children. Along the way, we realized that being charitable (which we see as helping others) is not just about charity. We have observed that certain characteristics appear to be an integral part of exceptionally charitable people. We believe that with very few exceptions, each of us is born with these characteristics. We can learn to recognize and pay attention to how we incorporate them into our daily life and nurture them in our children. These concepts are vital to living a caring and purposeful life. We hope The Kindness Advantage will help your whole family discover ways to make a positive impact in the world.

Events & Appearances

Staying Sane, Grounded and Healthy During COVID… The Saga Continues

Thursday, January 13th at 8pm EST Dale Atkins leads a conversation about mental health during Omicron. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Greenwich.

BrainStorm by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Podcast

Join Dr. Dale Atkins and host Meryl Comer for the BrainStorm by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Podcast, to be aired on Tuesday, December 21st. BrainStorm, a free podcast series by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, features conversations with doctors, researchers, authors and luminaries, people living with dementia and their caregivers. We’ll delve into what matters most to you about your brain, and […]

How to Nurture a Meaningful Relationship with a Child Who Has Hearing Loss

Join the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) for an informative conversation with Dr. Dale Atkins, author of The Kindness Advantage, a practical guide for parents to teach their kids how to tap into kindness when dealing with today’s tough issues. ONLINE WITH CAPTIONS The presentation will include: 10 fundamental concepts to build your relationship […]

Creating a Community of Kindness Despite COVID Restrictions: What we can do to maximize kindness during stressful times

Sponsored by The Little Dolphins by the Sea Preschool Parent Association 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST  

Jewish Foundation of Greater Hartford 2021 Annual Meeting and Celebration

Please join the Jewish Foundation of Greater Hartford for our 2021 Annual Meeting & Celebration Monday, September 13 – Online 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST   Pre-registration required Register at https://bit.ly/JFGH2021AnnualMeeting Don’t forget to BYO beverage   Featuring Presentation of the Zachs Spirit of Judaism Award to Shayna Gopin and Stuart Rabinowitz Recognition of incoming and […]

Kindness Rituals for Mental Health

Kindness Rituals for Mental Health with Special Guest Dr. Dale Atkins & Barbara Biziou Wednesday, August 18th 12pm EST Join Barbara on IG live to learn spiritual recipes to celebrate milestones, ease transitions and make every day sacred. This week’s guest is Dr. Dale Atkins, a licensed psychologist who has more than 45 years of […]

Endorsements


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  • The Kindness Advantage by Dale Atkins, PhD, and Amanda Salzhauer, MSW is exactly what we need more of right now. With empowering examples and science-based truths, Dale and Amanda share what it takes to foster kindness, empathy, compassion, and heart in our families. Parents will learn how to take on social questions and connect in a way that will improve the lives of their children and help create a more nurturing world. Highly recommended!

    Amy McCready Author and Founder, Positive Parenting Solutions
  • The Kindness Advantage is the perfect book. Building on scientific evidence about developing aspects of kindness, such as empathy, it gives clear, practical advice to parents and suggests engaging activities and stories for children. Nothing could be more important today than increasing compassion and decreasing polarization and acrimony. I am going to give this book to my son who has a young daughter.

    Dr. Susan Fuhrman, Ph.D. President Emerita, Teachers College Columbia University
  • Rather than abstractly teaching children to be kind, this book is a guide  to help parents discover and nurture the qualities of kindness  already hardwired in us at infancy. With their parent(s)' help children can discover for themselves the many expressions of kindness that can ensure their current and future well being.

    Sharon Salzberg Author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

Press

Interview with Carlette Christmas On Point Talk Television

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Podcast

Amanda Salzhauer, THE KINDNESS ADVANTAGE 2019-09-26 iOS Android Share Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is the coauthor, along with Dale Atkins, PhD, of The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children, Everyday Ideas for Raising Kids Who Care. Amanda is a social worker who has worked in both clinics and private practice. Her book is amazing because it highlights the […]

10 Books for Parents Who Want to Raise Kind Kids

10 Books For Parents Who Want To Raise Kind Kids These parenting books emphasize emotional intelligence, empathy and respect for others. ByCaroline Bologna 09/03/2019 05:45am EDT Raising kids who will show empathy and kindness toward others is, understandably, a big priority for parents today. There are many ways to teach children to be forces for good in […]

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