The Seven Habits of Happy Kids!

Steven Covey, author of the best selling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, believes that change must be made from the inside out. His book helps readers develop the understanding of how to move from dependence, to independence, and even further to interdependence.  This is exactly what we desire for our students! Sean Covey, Steven Covey’s son, has written a children’s book to help students understand how to make the habits applicable to their lives.

As a fifth grade, we are learning each habit and thinking of ways to apply them to our lives. We would like you, as parents, to partner with us and implement these strategies at home.

Habit 1- Be Proactive

1 Peter 1:13- Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  • Take action
  • Try something new
  • Do your chores before being asked to do them
  • Study each night before a test
  • Apologize if you have done something wrong
  • Think about your words before you say them

Habit 2- Begin with the End in Mind

Philippians 3:13-14- Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 37:5- Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

  • Make a list
  • Lay out your clothes the night before
  • List three to four main goals for the year (put them on the fridge!)
  • Tell mom or dad what you want to be when you grow up

Habit 3- Put First Things First

Matthew 6:33- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

  • Do your homework when you first get home, then play
  • Start planning for a project that is assigned far in advance
  • Begin studying for a test each night (at least a week ahead of time)
  • Don’t wait to tell your parents about dates and deadlines

Habit 4- Think Win/Win

Matthew 7:12- Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.
Philippians 2:3- Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Romans 12:18- If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

  • Think of others as well as yourself
  • Share the benefits for the other person of what you want
  • Compromise

Habit 5- Seek First to Understand

Proverbs 14:29- Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

  • Listen to what others are really saying
  • Think of what makes a good listener
  • Notice is someone is having a bad day or looks sad. Ask how you can help.

Habit 6- Synergize :

Ecclesiastes 4:12- Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:10- For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

  • Think of ways in which a team is better than doing something alone
  • What are three things that you are really good at? What are three things you know your best friend is good at?
  • Watch your favorite sport team play. Notice how they all work together.
  • Discuss with a parent about what makes a bad team member and what makes a good team member.

Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw

Exodus 20:11- For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day”.

  • You have four parts that need to be balanced: mind, body, heart, and soul. Think of things that you can do daily to keep these four things in balance.
  • Go to bed early for two nights! See how great you feel when you wake up!
  • For a whole week, read 30 minutes every day.
  • Go outside and play with someone that you haven’t played with in a long time.
  • Find a quiet spot in nature to sit and think. While there, think of the things in your life that make you happy.

6 thoughts on “The Seven Habits of Happy Kids!

  1. I just started this in my 2nd grade class. I’ve seen immediate results. My students love it.

  2. my school is starting it and I wondered if you had Bible verses to connect to each habit?

    • I’m working on that. Thank you for reminding me. Hopefully I will have verses that connect to each soon.

  3. Great! I will look forward to seeing them. I am thinking about having my students connect Bible Verses on their own.

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