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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Hardcover – Picture Book, September 16, 2008
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Stacy Curtis is the illustrator of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids series by Sean Covey. He lives with his wife and dog in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
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The stories feature characters who are used throughout to book to deliver specific message. The first story "I'm bored: is a child's explanation of how boredom is a personal choice, kids shouldn't depend on others to entertain them. It encourages initiative and being responsible for your own happiness. The other six stories include having a plan, work comes before play, everyone can win, listen before speaking, together is better, and balance is best. My daughter looked forward to what the gang was up to next and how they would fix it.
There are discussion questions at the end of each story.
The stories feature repeating characters and seem especially geared to grades 1-4.
There's no heavy handed advice or sense of minimizing a kid's concerns in this...self-awareness and making good decisions is the goal. I really enjoy this with my own son. The stories stand up to repeated readings, and each time you go through it you can emphasize a different point without seeming to be lecturing or prying.
"Boring, boring, boring" - the first 3 words of the book got their attention. We read the book several times during my visit. Great life lessons. Only gripe- I didn't like the focus on who's "fault" is that. I crossed out that word and rewrote- who's responsibility is that? I think that's a better life lesson.
Sean's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" adds the details these young people will need to fully understand and apply the principles as they struggle with the challenges and temptations of the teen years.
Several years ago I was certified by Covey Leadership (now FranklinCovey) to facilitate the 3-day intensive seminars on the Seven Habits. I conducted over 30 of the seminars at the company I was employed with over a period of two years. These have been some of the most rewarding learning experiences of my life, as each seminar provided me with deeper and deeper insights as participants experienced their own "a-ha's". I remember telling participants, "Wouldn't it be nice if young children could be taught these principles?"
Wow! What you hold in your head, you draw into your world!
I have purchased "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids" for my 6-year-old granddaughter for Christmas this year. Her mom (my first daughter) is a Special Education teacher (and a participant of one of my intensive seminars back in 1996) who can use the book as she influences in a positive way the lives of her disadvantaged and at-risk students. She can help them become the "transitional figures" in their families' lives, breaking the cycle of abuse, hopelessness, and despair that they have been exposed to.
Thank you, Sean, for continuing your father's legacy with the publication of these books!
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Really recommend this.
The "habits" are lame, characters in the stories flat, and just not a great kids book.
Constantly wants us to read the book
He is 4.5