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

“Kindness” Conversation for Parents Nursery Schoolers

Christ Church Nursery School “Kindness” Conversation for Parents of Nursery Schoolers 254 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich, CT 9:30 AM EST, January 27th 2023 For more information about Christ Church in […]

Interview: Voice of Islam Radio (UK)

October 13, 2022 12:40pm – 1pm EST Dr. Dale Atkins will be a guest on the Voice of Islam Radio. The topic will be lying. About Voice of Islam The […]

Interview with Carmen Rita Wong – Author, Finance Expert, CNBC Television Host

Carmen Rita Wong might be best known as a personal finance expert and television host on CNBC, but the author and media personality is also an expert on family secrets. […]

Interview with Carmen Rita Wong at Athena Books in Old Greenwich

September 20th @ 6:30 pm -7:30 pm Interview with Carmen Rita Wong – Author, Finance Expert, CNBC Television Host Open to the public! Address Athena Books 228 Sound Beach Ave, […]

In Conversation with Frank Schaeffer

In Conversation… With Frank Schaeffer Thursday, April 21, 2022 A Caregiving Forum @ 1pm EST Mim Senft, Dr. Dale Atkins, Karina Muller About Frank Schaeffer’s Podcast I’m starting a new […]

Lessons from Our Parents: From Hate to Kindness

Wednesday April 20th, 7-8pm EST Lessons from Our Parents: From Hate to Kindness (FREE) Morse Life Next Generations Register Here: https://www.nextgenerations.org/ Dr. Dale V. Atkins, co-author of The Kindness Advantage: […]

Endorsements

  • In this day and age, kindness and connection are especially important. An accessible and informative guide, The Kindness Advantage is a must read for parents of all ages.

    Judson Brewer MD PhD Author, The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
  • 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
  • The Kindness Advantage is the ray of hope that we all need in this harsh, heavy, world. It is a blueprint of how to partner with the next generation to live our inherent values, to tap our organic ability to love, and to create a kinder culture. Many thanks to Dale Atkins and Amanda Salzhauer for bringing this much-needed gift to the world!

    Rev. Susan Sparks Pastor, Comedian, and Author of Laugh Your Way to Grace

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 […]

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 […]

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