7 Habits of Happy Kids
Habit 1: Be Proactive I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. I have a “Can Do” attitude.
Habit 2: Begin With The End in Mind I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision, and look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I want everyone to be a success. I don’t have to put others down to get what I want. It makes me happy to see other people happy. I like to do nice things for others. When a conflict arrives, I help brainstorm a solution. We all can win!
Habit 5: Seek First To Understand, Then Be Understood I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6: Synergize I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by “two heads are better than one”. I am a better person when I let other people into my life.
Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw I take care of my body be eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.
Bringing It Home
* Read and discuss The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.
* Use the language , i.e. “How could you be proactive in this situation?”
* Consider which habit your child is strong in. Which are weaknesses? Discuss and set goals.
* Talk about your strengths and weaknesses. Verbalize when a habit is used.
* Make a family mission statement. (Begin with the end in mind.)
* Model, i.e. Write out agendas and to-do lists. (Put first things first.)
Check out these websites to learn more about the 7 Habits
http://www.seancovey.com/kids.html (Interactive, Coloring pages, and a Preview of the book too!)
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4457341n (Video of Stephen Covey discussing the book)
http://www.abaresources.com/pdf/thesevenhabits.pdf (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Parents Raising Children with Special Needs by Sharon Gabison)
http://www.theleaderinme.org/ (Great Leader in Me website)