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Empowering Kids to be Leaders with Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

7 Habits of Happy Kids Steven Covey

Raising empowered children is a goal most parents have. There are several parenting books, programs, and countless social media pages dedicated to doing just that. One popular program used in many schools is The Leader in Me program by Steven Covey.

Steven Covey has written books for adults, teens, children, educators, and even families. The seven habits used in each of the books are basically the same. The idea is that if a person practices these seven habits, they will find success and happiness in all areas of their lives. Here are the habits as listed on The Leader in Me webpage:

HABIT ONE - Be proactive

You're in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, 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.

HABIT TWO - Begin with the end in mind

Have a Plan

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. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

HABIT THREE - Put first things first

Work First, Then Play

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 FOUR - Think win, win

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

HABIT FIVE - Seek first to understand, then to be understood

Listen Before You Talk

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 SIX - Synergize

Together Is Better

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 teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

HABIT SEVEN - Sharpen the saw

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by 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 find meaningful ways to help others.

Raising Empowered Children

Raising empowered children can sometimes feel like a heavy task, but by getting support and ideas from various sources, we can raise children who are prepared to change the world.


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