The 7 Habits of Happy Kids - A new book by Sean Covey

Filed under: Preschoolers, Big Kids, Tweens, That's Entertainment, Books for Kids

As a self-described cynic, I'm not a huge fan of self-help books. I've no doubt that there are good books out there that can help people, but the sheer volume of these kinds of books on the shelves turn me off. How do people wade through the garbage to find the good stuff without wasting their hard-earned money?

So when I watched Sean Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and son of Stephen R. Covey, author of the wildly popular The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, talk about his book on The Early Show, I was instantly skeptical. Do kids really need their own self-help book? Self-help is about personal growth, but kids are all about personal growth already in so many ways.

But I tried to watch with an open mind. Though I wouldn't buy Covey's book for my own family, I have to admit that his adaptation of the seven habits do have value. They're all good lessons for our kids to learn on the road to adulthood, including:
  • You're in charge.
  • Have a plan.
  • Work comes before play.
  • Everyone can win.
  • Listen before speaking.
  • Together is better.
  • Balance is best.
All good stuff, I'll admit. If you're a Covey fan, you can see him talk more about the book in the video below. Are you a self-help fan? Would you buy a book like this one to help you teach your child?
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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.