What it is: In his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Sean Covey provides teens (and their parents J) with a step-by-step guide on how to improve their self-image, make good decisions, set and achieve goals, talk to their parents, and much more. The audio version, available at audible.com, includes commentary from teens and their real-life applications of these principles.
Brain Benefits: planning, logic & reasoning, communication
What I love: I always look forward to our road trips and car time so that as a family we can listen to books. In the past we have listened to some classics, as well as books that were required reading for their school. Every once in a while, I like to sneak in a little inspirational, self-improvement-type book.
My husband and four kids listened to this book last summer on the drive to Yellowstone. Although only two of my kids are teenagers, my younger two kids also took away some gems. After each chapter we would stop the recording and discuss their thoughts on each habit and how his ideas might be helpful in their life. Our discussions were lively and helped us to talk our kids about difficult and sometimes painful situations and gave us great insight into their thought processes. It was also fun to hear my 5-year-old tell my other kids, who were complaining at the time, that they needed to be more proactive!
What I would change: Since we listed to the audio version of the book, there were times that the narrator’s voice was a little nasaly (and to my kids, sometimes annoying).
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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