Monday Storytime | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens


Happy New Year!

This is an exciting new beginning as we start a brand new calendar year. It’s always an excellent time to create some resolutions to help us improve our lives. I have a couple resolutions myself this year. The first is to eat out less. Being super busy, and often overwhelmed with all my responsibilities as a stay at home/work from home/home schooling mom, I find it way too easy to say, “Let’s just go out!” No thinking, planning, shopping, or cleaning makes it SO MUCH BETTER! But the cost and the calories really add up. The key to this, is having as much pre-made food as you can for quick meals when things get busy. Spend a day prepping things like some chicken, grains, and pre-cut veggies so there is something to grab or throw together when you find you ran out of time to cook and everyone is starving. My second is to take better care of my clothes and stop drying everything in the dryer. Too many clothes have been ruined. Time to be a grown up with the laundry.

That being said, it is very important to help teach our children to set goals as well. This would be a great time to offer your teen a fun book that can help them sort out their life and make goals toward their successful future. I received a copy of this book when I was about 14 or 15 and it changed my life forever. I was already pretty self motivated and excited about life, but it helped me create a foundation (with explanations of what everything means) that I still refer back to quite often.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
By Sean Covey

If you haven’t heard of this book yet, maybe you have heard of “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” by Stephen Covey? The author of this similarly titled book written for teens happens to be the son of Stephen Covey. It can be assumed that Sean learned the things he wrote about from his father, however, he writes his knowledge in a very teen centered way that speaks a bit more clear to the younger audience.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens includes stories that teens can relate to, examples of baby steps to take, lots of mini activities to start creating an organized and successful life right away, and some funny little comics throughout the entire book. It’s designed to motivate kids to WANT to clean their room and keep their things nice. To encourage them to try their best at school and achieve their goals. It helps reinforce lessons on kindness, balance, and confidence.

Sean Covey did go on to write an even more simple version for younger kids, too! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

You should certainly be able to find this book at the library, but I highly recommend you buy a copy of your own (even if used) so that if your teens wants to write straight into it, they can. Also, its the kind of book they (or you) may want to go back and read a few times over the years. Then… pass it on and keep the motivation going.


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