This is a nice book 7 short stories that support each habit. Having a story to go with you to have it helps me to have it more real for children. I recommend also find out deal and letting your kids listen to each story and read along with the book or just listen to audio and look at the pictures in the book. After each short story have your child pause to talk to them about that habit, The author includes a parent note section after each story to guide the conversation with your child.
The seven habits of happy kids:
1. Be proactive, you are in charge.
When kids complain that they are bored, ask them what they’re going to do about that. Teach kids to take responsibility for their own lives, their own boredom, their own happiness or unhappiness is. Have kids take charge of their own life and stop playing the victim. Kids want someone else to fix their problem of boredom and help them have fun but kids are in charge of making their own fun. Just like they are in charge of the choices they make and what they say.
2. Begin with the end in mind, have a plan.
Very important to have kids right on their goals. A goal not written is only a wish.nplanning ahead, I have a division, I have it of having a plan with money, in school, or in life, always leads to good things. Ask her children what do they want to do when they grow up.
3. Put first things first, work first then play.
This is the hardest have it to keep, we are all addicted to doing the urgent or the easier thing first. But we need to teach kids to delay gratification and do the hard thing first while they are young. Procrastination, putting things off can feel really awful and contrast when you were prepared if feels really good, for example a test at school. Tell kids, do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.
4. Think win-win, everyone can win.
Always thinking about another as well as yourself as one of the greatest mental habits we can teach our kids. Life is not just about me, and it’s not just about you, it’s about both of us. Tell your kids that the next time they want to argue or fight with someone they should instead ask how can I make you happy too?. Have your kids make a wish poster, with two sites, and one side all the things they want, and on the other side all the things their parents want. You can have them use magazines. And then see how they can make both their wishes and their parents wishes come true. Remind them of the golden rule treat others as you want to be treated.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood, listen before you talk.
The deepest need of the human heart is to be understood. Listing with our years isn’t good enough, because 10% of communication is contained in the word to use. The rest comes from body language, the tone of voice, and feeling reflected in her voice.
6. Synergize, together is better.
Synergy, valuing differences and then working together to create a better solution than what anyone to do alone. Reminder kids of a quote from Helen Keller, alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
7. Sharpen the saw, balance feels best.
Kids become grouchy, hyperactive or literally start falling apart. Parents often over react to the behavior, it is usually a case of kids being out of balance. Tired, hungry, overstimulated. Feed them, read a book, give them a bath. Just look at cars for tires people have four parts, body, heart, mind, soul. All parts need attention to be healthy. Never be too busy sawing to take the time to sharpen the saw. For the mind, read every day. For the body, exercise. For the heart, play with your friends. For the soul, find something quiet to do that makes you feel fresh inside.