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Blog Project: Seven Habits of Happy Kids

In parenting, Religion, Story telling on March 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Dear Readers,

I’ve been wanting to start a project and feel there is enough momentum on this blog to may be try one in the weeks to come. Recently I came across The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey.

1. Be Proactive. You’re in Charge
2. Begin with the end in mind. Have a Plan
3. Put first things first. Work First, Then Play
4. Think win win. Everyone Can Win Win
5. Seek first to understand . . . then to be understood. – Listen Before You Talk
6. Synergize. Together Is Better
7. Sharpen the saw. Balance Feels Best
Stephen R. Covey

There is an audio book to accompany the written book by him. The book is filled with stories based on seven characters. Children learn about each habit through the stories. The first story is about being proactive and the context used in the story is one of being bored. At the end of each story there is a parent corner which suggests how you can teach each habit to your child through discussions, questions and suggested baby steps. A short video and details of the seven habits can be found here

Here’s my plan: To use Covey’s 7 habits as a framework and have a month dedicated to each habit. For each month

a) Find ways of developing and reflecting the habit as parents

b) Find opportunities to use the key word e.g. ‘You’re in charge” and ways in which children can cultivate the habit

c) Find activities we can do together as parent and child which reinforce the habit for the month

c) Use the stories by Covey both in written and audio form

d) Find Islamic stories or stories from other traditions which fit the theme and if needed re-write them. We can even create audio files for our stories which we can then share on the blog.

e) Find short Islamic prayers which fit the theme and we can spend the month teaching our children and help them memorise and internalise it.

f) Anything else you can think of… e.g. London community working together can meet once a month with an activity/trip related to the habit?

I feel this can be an interesting project as both parents and children get involved with cultivating these habits – I can certainly do with cultivating some of these myself. May be even more interesting if a group of us work together and share our experiences, activities and resources, potentially we can create something which can be published.

Anybody up for this?


  1. I am with you! Inshallah would love to join. Hope to learn and grow from the experience

  2. I’m up for the challenge, Saqib. It seems a lot could be learned from it all.

  3. That’s wonderful. Thank you. Shall we aim for a start from the first of May and do this over seven months? That’ll give us time to order relevant material as well as the Covey book.

  4. Would love to be involved.

  5. I would like to know how this worked out now that it is 2013. I am impressed with the materials and am considering proposing them to a local Islamic school

  6. You actually make it appear so easy with your
    presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I believe
    I’d by no means understand. It seems too complex and very huge for me. I’m having a look ahead
    to your next submit, I will try to get the hold of it!

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