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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (1998)

by Sean Covey

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Don't ask. My parents just plopped the book in front of me and said "since you like reading so much, why don't you read this?" Not exactly revolutionary stuff that will change my life forever, but it was interesting enough. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
Great book for teens, but can also for adults. My students loved learning about this book and what it had to offer them. ( )
  lana_nix | Oct 8, 2013 |
Once upon a time, Stephen Covey wrote a book called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and sold about a bajillion copies. Then his son, Sean Covey, decided to take a page out of his father’s book and write a sequel for teens called, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” Written in a go-go-go cheerleader’s voice, chock full of graphics, cartoons, and personal anecdotes, this book will appeal to some teens, but more likely, it will appeal to their parents.

In this self-help book, Covey outlines the seven habits that teens should develop to become centered and successful. He illustrates how to cultivate these habits through stories from his own life, other teens, and successful people. While the anecdotes are useful and interesting, the interstitial explanation of how to actually develop these habits and practices might strike teens as a little hokey. But perhaps they will be drawn in by continuing to read even while rolling their eyes. I know that as I read it, I found myself mentally checking off all Covey’s tips and tricks and thinking about how I could follow this books advice the next time I had a difficult choice to make. So perhaps this sneak attack will work on teens as well.

Honestly, even if the writing is a little too eager, this is a great book for teachers, librarians and counselors to read because it will give them a framework for talking about difficult topics with students (although I’m sure counselors in particular have already received that training, so maybe they don’t need to as much). There are also worksheets throughout the book for the reader to fill out; not practical for a library book of course, but good for personal copies. Basically, I would recommend this book if a student asked me for something, but it would feel presumptuous to present to a student unsolicited.

For grades 8 and up. ( )
  ALelliott | May 3, 2012 |
Epiphany-0viedoELCA library section 12 C: Teen (gr. 9-12), A Better You, Relationships. Being a teenager is one of the most challenging times of life because everything said or done seems magnified. It's a time of self-absorption as teens try to deal with everything in their lives. Mix together new friends, new schools, more challenging homework, extracurricular activities, test-taking, uncertaintly about the future, driving, new responsibilities, a changing body, and raging hormones. That spells, "TEENAGER!!!" I don't know ANYONE who would want to go through their teen years again.
How can teens deal with all this? How can they develop a vision and plan for succeeding in life, setting and achieving goals, resisting peer pressure, and getting along with their friends, teachers, and parents?
Sean Covey's book is a highly enjoyable, seven-step plan to make it all work. I especially like his chapter on "The Family Relationship Account." This concept means that anytime a teen does something helpful in the family, like mowing the lawn or making dinner, or doing their homework diligently, they are making a deposit in their account. But when they stay out after curfew, take Mom's last ice cream without asking, flunk a test, or dent the car, that is a withdrawal from the relationship account. Covey says teens should make SURE they keep a positive balance in that account. If they are in debt, they need to step back and evaluate their behavior. When they keep a positive account, teens eventually are given greater freedoms and more responsibilities, both of which go hand in hand. So if teens want more freedom they have to act responsibly enough to show parents they can handle that extra freedom. That is a huge responsibility.
This book also includes cartoons, and quotes by famous people. My favorite is by Lily Tomlin: "The trouble with the rat race is, that even if you win, you're still a rat." Gotta love it. ( )
1 vote Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Sep 1, 2011 |
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a self help book that is appropriate for MS and HS students. The 7 habits are the same as in the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but they are presented in a more simplified way. There are lots of interesting cartoons and quotes, and a list of helpful websites in the back of the book. My favorite part is the chapter entitled “The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens”, which is basically, a what not to do section.

This book is very popular at my school. We have five copies and it is always checked out. ( )
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Based on his father's bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Sean Covey applies the same principles to teens, using a vivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun, Covey writes, he "stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world... along with a few other surprises." Did he ever! Flip open to any page and become instantly absorbed in real-life stories of teens who have overcome obstacles to succeed, and step-by-step guides to shifting paradigms, building equity in "relationship bank accounts," creating action plans, and much more.

As a self-acknowledged guinea pig for many of his dad's theories, Sean Covey is a living example of someone who has taken each of the seven habits to heart: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. He includes a comical section titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens," which includes some, shall we say, counterproductive practices: put first things last; don't cooperate; seek first to talk, then pretend to listen; wear yourself out... Covey's humorous and up-front style is just light enough to be acceptable to wary teenagers, and down-and-dirty enough to really make a difference. (Ages 13 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book. An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.… (more)

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