The We Generation

Raising Socially Responsible Kids

By Michael Ungar
(Da Capo Lifelong Books, Paperback, 9780738213781, 304pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your child committed herself to doing a simple act of kindness every day? As today’s culture seems to grow more self-centered and obsessed with “me,” Dr. Michael Ungar refreshingly points the way to raising “we” thinkers. Perhaps most inspiring about Ungar’s findings: today’s kids are eager to help out and be noticed. What they need, though, is compassion, encouragement, and attentiveness to their most important connections—those made at home. By recounting the inspiring stories of his work with families, Ungar reveals how the emotional bond kids crave and the support adults provide can help our children realize their full potential. Filled with practical tips, this guide will inspire every child and adult to be their best, most giving self.

About the Author

An internationally recognized expert on resilience in youth, Michael Ungar, PhD, is a clinician and research professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He lives in Halifax, with his wife and two children.

Praise For The We Generation

Library Journal, 10/15
“In chapters analyzing various types of connections—family, spiritual, physical, architectural—Ungar concludes each chapter with a ‘tips list’ for ways to nurture kind connections. This pairs nicely with two other recent standouts: Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting and Polly Young-Eisendrath’s The Self-Esteem Trap.”, 10/11
“A good read for both parents and children…I would recommend this book to adults raising small children so they can immediately start to build security into their family interactions. I would hope parents of older teens would purchase several copies so all can read The We Generation at the same time and discuss it.”

Tuscon Citizen, “Shelf Life” blog, 10/11
“By sharing the inspiring stories of his work with families, Dr. Ungar…offers a plan of how to raise more engaged, community-minded kids during this era of self-centered obsession…This is a well-crafted book filled with sane advice.”, 11/12/09
“A good deal of what Ungar urges is plain and simple unselfishness and cooperation, which are certainly worthy goals…The basic idea here—and it is a good one—is to avoid providing children so much that asks nothing of them that they become focused entirely on themselves…Parents who share Ungar’s worldview will surely find The We Generation uplifting.”

ForeWord, November/December 2009
“Offers effective suggestions on how to prepare children to become compassionate by engaging in simple acts of kindness…[A] helpful guidebook…A useful addition to the list of parental handbooks.”

Internet Review of Books, December 2009
“Plenty of practical tips…[A] well-researched book, so it will appeal to a wide range of parents.”

Mama’s Musings blog, 1/29/10
“[Ungar] turns a hopeful eye to the next generation who are more aware of social, economic and environmental issues than their parents…Michael Ungar’s book is like a prosey hug. He clearly walks his talk with an authentic voice, one by which we would do well to abide.”

Plymouth Magazine, February 2010
“For those seriously interested in raising socially-conscious kids, this book is a must read. Not only does the author do a fabulous job of exploring the causes of ‘me’ thinking versus ‘we’ thinking, but he also gives parents simple ideas to help kids become active members of their home, church, school and community, making an impact in everything they do. Find fantastic techniques to try with children as young as preschool all the way through young adulthood.” Costa Mesa Daily Pilot, 7/25/10“Written in the spirit of helping parents foster their offspring to be less self-involved and more consciously compassionate people...This is a hopeful appeal to parents who want to improve the next generation's awareness of social, economical and environmental issues.” Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, August 2010“Teach[es] parents how to help their children become mindful of others…Ungar thoughtfully focuses on the importance of parent modeling…To draw in the audience, Ungar artfully weaves small vignettes throughout the text to showcase specific points…He offers unusual and insightful recommendations…An eye-opening read of how to approach the younger generation in a manner that shies away from being judgmental and accusatory. Instead, this book offers the reader some inspiring real-life examples of how the approach of accountability and responsibility can work to increase mindfulness…I would highly recommend this book to any parent, teacher, mentor, or community leader…[It] provides a fresh perspective on how to increase the investment our society’s future young leaders have in themselves and in the world around them.” Contexts, Winter 2011 “Ungar’s critique of the isolating features of affluent suburbia is biting and apropos.”

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