Books for Character Development: The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

I bought this book for G1 some time back during another spate of difficult behaviours. He was much younger then and quite resistant to reading the book so I put it away. I left it on the bookshelf for so long that I almost forgot all about it until G2 took it out to read. I don’t really know why but G2 has a real affinity for these books (he also picked up Who Moved My Cheese for Kids and started reading it on his own).

After our recent spate of difficult behaviours, I suggested reading The 7 Habits of Happy Kids as a bedtime story and both boys agreed. Now that G1 is older, we can really discuss the stories and the take home messages so hopefully he’s internalising them. G1 has also initiated some of the recommended activities at the end of each story so I’ll take that as another good sign.

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About The 7 Habbits of Happy Kids

In The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Sean Covey uses beautifully illustrated stories to bring his family’s successful philosophy to the youngest child (the book is recommended for children age 4 to 8 years so just perfect for the boys now).

For the Seven Oaks friends, there is always something to do. Whether they’re singing along with Pokey Porcupine’s harmonica or playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit, everyone is having fun and learning all sorts of things. These seven stories show how practicing the 7 Habits makes this possible for the whole Seven Oaks Community.

From learning how to take charge of their own lives to discovering how balance is best, the Seven Oaks friends have tons of adventures and find out how each and every kid can be a happy kid!

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids follows the same 7 Habits from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written for the perspective of a child using stories about the 8 characters from 7 Oaks.

The 7 Habits for Happy Kids

  • Be Proactive – You’re in Charge
  • Begin with the End in Mind – Have a Plan
  • Put First Things First – Work First, Then Play
  • Think Win-Win – Everyone Can Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – Listen Before You Talk
  • Synergise – Together is Better
  • Sharpen the Saw – Balance Feels Best

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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