Dr. Michele Borba is an educational psychologist, best-selling author, and TODAY show contributor who has spoken to over one million participants on five continents and to countless media about child development issues.

She blends 40 years of teaching and consulting experience with latest science to offer sound, realistic advice to parents teachers and child advocates about helping children thrive.

THRIVERS is in hardback, paperback, audio & digital.
“People say, ‘I wish kids would come with a manual.’ Well now they do…pick up this book.” — Dr. Phil
Dr. Borba will “visit” your book group when 20 copies with receipts of THRIVERS are purchased.
Contact Dr Borba for a book discussion or live or virtual speech for parents or educators.


As seen on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, and The Doctors. Thrivers is an Amazon best seller.

Michele’s latest book is an urgently needed guide to address the staggering increase in anxiety, stress and emptiness for children from preschool to high school.

She explains why the old markers of accomplishment (grades, test scores) are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century – and offers 7 teachable traits that will safeguard our kids for the future.

Those essential character strengths-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism-will allow kids to roll with the punches and succeed in life.

Thrivers Press Release

Thrivers Educator Discussion Guide

Core Assets Survey

Assessing Character Strengths Survey

7 Essential Character Traits

Thrivers Videos

Thrivers – The Book

“Dr. Michele Borba combines her deep understanding of children with decades of research to offer the wise, practical guidance that parents urgently need today.”
– Lisa Damour, PhD, author of Untangled and Under Pressure

“A must-read for parents and anyone who works with kids. ”
– Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

“If you add one book to your parenting bookshelf this year, make it Thrivers.”
– Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of The Price of Privilege, Teach Your Children Well, and Ready or Not

I Got This

Help Children Build Resilience!

Join Charlie as he learns BOUNCE BACK SUPERPOWERS that help him overcome challenges on his quest to become a Rescue Dog!

Encourage kids to find their inner strength with this fun and engaging picture book from bestselling authors Michele Borba and Julia Cook!

“The path you will take is steep and bumpy. There are no shortcuts. To make it to the top, you’ll need to use your BOUNCE BACK SUPERPOWERS.”

Charlie has wanted to be a rescue dog since he was a puppy. But getting his certification as an official Rescue Dog requires a climb to the very top of the tallest mountain!

With the help of his friends, Charlie sets out on a big adventure. Soon enough, obstacles begin to show up that test his determination. Charlie learns six Bounce Back Superpowers that allow him to overcome challenges and stay on the path. Through this story, readers will learn ways to:

  • approach difficulties with calm resolve
  • think creatively about possible solutions
  • break problems into manageable steps
  • take a “paws” now and then to recharge before moving forward

With friendship, encouragement, and wisdom, the next new Rescue Dog might just grow up before your eyes – and have an immediate opportunity to make a difference.


Michele’s bestseller is a crucial guide to address the staggering decrease in empathy in children from toddler to teen. She pinpoints the cause of the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, research-based nine-step plan for reversing it that will yield the results we all want: successful, happy kids who also are kid, moral, courageous and resilient.

“Parenting expert Borba traveled the world and researched for decades before writing this fresh and powerful primer on raising caring kids. Her thought-provoking and practical book may very well tip over the parenting priority applecart – and rightly so.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“In our time, and around the world, no one is a more trusted voice on character and child behavior than Michele Borba. No one is better equipped to help us raise more empathic, kinder, happier kids. – Thomas Lickona, PhD, Director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, (Respect and Responsibility) and author of Character Matters.

Read Michele’s Latest Articles

Raising Optimistic Kids in Pessimistic Times

Raising Optimistic Kids in Pessimistic Times

Parenting tips to help kids be more optimistic especially in uncertain, anxious times.  “I'm not studying. The whole world is falling apart.”   "Why should I wear a mask? I'm just going to get that virus thing." “I don't want to go back to school. Nobody’s going to...


Recent Media Appearances


How to help your kids combat anxiety and loneliness. I share CDC findings on rise of depression in kids.
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How to raise kids who are kind and empathetic. I discuss my book, UnSelfie and how we can raise empathic kids.
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How failure teaches kids resilience and builds character. I chat with Hoda and Jenna about the importance of teaching kids how to fail.
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