The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,033 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Sharing insightful, often poignant or humorous experiences from his own life and also from the lives of many families who are striving to live these principles, Covey teaches you how you can become an agent of change in your family; create a family mission statement - a compelling, unifying expression of shared vision and values; make family a priority, even in the midst o...more
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Published September 15th 1997 by Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press (first published September 1st 1996)
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Harini Srinivasan
I didn't expect to like this book as I have a hefty mental block against self-help books. An earlier occupant of my office had left it on the shelf and I eyed it with contempt for years before curiosity finally drove me to flip through the pages. And wham! I suddenly realized all the hype around Stephen Covey wasn't just hype. He is one of those rare people -- I have known two or three in my life -- with the facility of clear thinking, who intuitively understand cause and effect, and therefore a...more
Mommywest
Written using the same principles that were introduced in the bestselling "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey applies The Seven Habits to the family using personal, family, and others' experiences to illustrate each concept. Every chapter includes ways to apply the principles in the family, and ways to teach the principles to your family. I've only read a chapter or two of the first Seven Habits book, and so I enjoyed not only learning about the Seven Habits, but how the...more
Dennis Mitton
I’ve resisted the Stephen Covey bandwagon: his particular presentation doesn’t appeal to me. His books – to me – read a bit too much like tracts. And the sappy stories and drawings kind of freak me out. I have an overall sense that he is restraining his desire to preach, to lead me to salvation, to shout ‘AMEN!’ But I won’t for one single second deny that he has an unusual insight and wisdom pertaining to success and purpose.

So I read The Seven Habits for Families. There is a lot in here. So mu...more
Brian Bojo
This book took me a while to read because I took extensive notes, which I do not normally do. Covey's 7 Habits as applied to families seek to promote what Covey calls "a beautiful family culture." The author points out that these habits can be applied to any family at any stage of life. To summarize, the 7 habits are as follows: (1) Be proactive rather than reactive; (2) Establish a written family mission statement and written family values; (3) Make family your top priority; (4) Try to create "...more
JC
I don't know how this book got on my kindle, but I am glad that I took the time to read it. I have never read the first book by Stephen Covey, but must say that I quite enjoyed this book and the habits that are presented here for making your family the most important in your life and the most successfully you can. I really like how this book starts out by talking about how we are off course 90% of the time in the family, and we must constantly work to get things back on track. This is a great re...more
Barbara
This book is the same content as The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but with a particular emphasis and examples relating to families. I loved how it taught about teaching your children resposibility and how a parent can help most effectively while still letting your children learn. I am glad I read this book now as a fairly new parent because it has already made several things easier and I feel like a much better parent. Although Thom did not read this specific book, he has read The Se...more
Ahmed Salem
For those who read The 7 habits for highly effective people, this is much more extracted version for members in family. The book is full of different stories and examples, which for some reason was killing the wonderful experience I got from "People" book. Yet Stephen R. Covey is one of the best authors in this area of human development globally.

I hope if Covey could create much more briefed version!
Gongju
May 23, 2010 Gongju is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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whoaaaa... must read, for anyone who is a family member. ^^ it has been an emotional read so far cause there're so many things you could relate to.
a practice of the 7 habits, on a higher level than as an individual. woot2~
Aram
The 7 Habits are the same, don't change. He just adapts the concepts to family life. The idea is to build a Highly effective family culture. I really enjoyed it and found some great concepts to implement at home right away.
Carrie
Excellent! This is the book that inspired us to write our family mission statement.
Teresa Raetz
I am an admirer of Stephen Covey and his seven habits so I was primed to like this book. There is some good stuff here about adapting the habits to family life, but the book has three large flaws. First, it's repetitive. The sections could each be about 1/3 to 1/2 the length but he repeats himself over and over. I understand the thing about people needing to hear things seven times to get it but this doesn't work well in a book. Second, Covey has very clear biases in favor of the traditional mod...more
Malikah Moomin
Covey targeted several troubled areas families face having children, and, or struggles with personal growth and positive productively with focus on ideas of mediated hope, inspiration, and faith pursuing all that which is granted to those who strive for healthy relationships.
These techniques Covey suggests, trains the brain to activate emotions of empathy, honor, sincerity, significance, straightforwardness that is rooting in the heart of us to release; awareness, ease and flow of reasonable un...more
Erin
I read this as an audiobook which turned out to be a mistake. It's just too hard to absorb the ideas when you are driving, and I wanted to make notes and had to settle for voice memos. When I do a reread, as I should, I will read the paper or e-version.

That said, it was a sound book with a lot of good suggestions. We are actively working on our family dynamics so that we can bring our a-game in anticipation of another child, and this book gave my husband and I a lot of good talking points. I thi...more
Michaela
I'm very impressed with this book and anticipate that it will have a positive impact on the culture of my young family. I purchased the book after having a discussion with my husband about family mission statements. Our son was a year old at the time, and we felt compelled to approach our young family with deliberateness and intentionality. Every other endeavor in our lives had come after research, or it came with instructions. We feared that if we just free-styled family life then in thirty yea...more
Steven Knapp
I think the book has some really good information in it and lots of helpful stories. However, for me, the material wasn't fresh new material, therefore it was a little harder for me to get through the whole book. I felt like it beat a dead horse on most topics and could have been cut down from the 360+ pages (large ones too) to half that. However, in the books defense, I had previously read parts and pieces of the book, which helped make the material less useful. Also, I believe Dale Carnegies b...more
Linn Wiggins
The things that stands out to me the most in this book is the bit written by Covey's wife, talking about finally "getting" what is important about family life as she is breastfeeding their 8th child, and examples of how they addressed various family crises and decisions with their kids.

They must have been so busy, with 8 kids and him on the road, yet they kept in mind the importance of balance between family, me time, their marriage and his career.

Really liked the toolkit as he explains for what...more
Rebecca
Oct 03, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Latter-Day Saints, Christians, bewildered parents of teenagers
Recommended to Rebecca by: mother
My mother gave all her married children this book for Christmas a few years back. It is a thoughtful and inspiring call to families to strengthen ties and heal realtionships. I had not read any of the popular "7 Habits" books, or related material, and I'm glad of it. This book seems to have been the underlying foundation for all Covey's other work. I was deeply touched by the sincere concern for families and by the strength of faith and purpose he expresses in this book. It is not simply a self-...more
Ashley
Even though I've had a lot of guides on how to raise a family correctly, this book gives specific ideas and slightly different concepts that really changed my way of viewing family relationships. I definitely want the type of family he describes and am excited to start a plan with my hubby to make it happen. I loved all the anecdotes and experiences included in the book (written by his children and other people who embraced the 7 Habits). To me they give specific examples of how I can apply the...more
Rebekah
Again, another one of those books that I find informative with lots of sage advice, real-life examples, and things I can relate to, but difficult to reach for when there is a mystery, thriller or literary classic sitting on the night stand beside it.

Highlight of the book is where Covey says each family needs a "flight plan" with their destination charted out, and then concedes that 90% of the time we will be off that flight plan, but it's alright as long as we're headed toward the desired destin...more
Rebecca
This book is so worth reading. I loved it. Stephen R. Covey makes a good argument for taking courage to change important things in our lives, and gives great direction in how to implement his 7 habits. If you've also read his other 7 Habits book, don't be deceived into thinking you know all there is to know about the subject. This book takes a different approach and is very much focused on the family. However, it takes the commitment of an individual to make a change.

This book is not for the fa...more
Kim
This was a great book! I've (Kim) read The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People as well, so I think my expectations of the book were maybe a little different than what the book actually was. However, we both loved this book! Again, this was a recommendation from a therapist friend of ours and it's easy to see why. We're one step closer to building our family the way we would like for it to be. This book had lots of great ideas and examples. It was a great read and a great shared experience as we...more
Jen
I got this book specifically for the chapter on creating a family mission statement (chapter 2). I did read the introduction and the first and second chapters in their entirety. I skimmed the rest of the book and decided that, while the principles the author outlines are great, it really did not fit my family at this particular time. The book is written more for people with older children and for for families experiencing difficulties. I did find the mission statement section very helpful, and m...more
Ann
about having family traditions and really listening to family members (aka kids)
very good, easy to read, learn and apply

Like a step by step strength training for families that we can adapt and grow with as our family changes.

Definitely easier to digest than the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People...
love the teen and kid versions too. Opens good conversations with our children, so we can all grow a healthy family together.

Now I understand why/how Thoughts lead to Feelings,
Feelings lead to Belie...more
Harley
Again, another great book from Stephen Covey. It took me a while to read, as I'd have to stop and think about what was just said, and ponder on how I'm doing with my family. Lots of great examples and stories to illustrate the principles of the 7 Habits, and suggestions on how to use each chapter with your family. This is not a book to read once and then put away, it needs to be a reference book available for frequent reviews. Much of the material is "common sense", which seems so hard to follow...more
Eric Merrill
Didn't even finish. Not that it was bad,it just didn't seem like the ideas were much beyond common sense. Also I was listening to it and the constant chapter breaks were annoying.
Brooke
May 09, 2011 Brooke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brooke by: my husband
I'm slowly getting through this book and what I've read so far I love. It's helped me realize some things I need to change about myself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve relationships with family members, whether you already have a good relationship or not! This one is so much more applicable to me and I'm getting a lot more out of it than the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Finally finished it! A bit wordy, but well worth the read. Now to start practicing it, a pi...more
Ronaldo Ricioli
Esta obra de Stephen R. Covey é sensacional, o livro tem o mesmo encanto da clássica “Os 7 hábitos das pessoas altamente eficazes”. Gostei muito das histórias reais que Stephen selecionou para utilizar no livro. A linha de raciocínio deste incrível autor é clara e objetiva, vai direto ao ponto com absurda clareza.

Recomendo o livro para quem é fã do autor e do gênero. Também recomendo para quem está um pouco perdido com o relacionamento familiar e está procurando algo para ler e inspirar-se. A ed...more
Alisa
I'm not a big fan of self help books (mostly because I don't ever finish them) but this one is worth your time. I quote it constantly and have loaned it out to several people over the years...in fact I don't think I ever got it back from the last person I loaned it to, hmmm. Anyway, it has practical, true to life stories that make you want to do better without making you feel terrible about what you may or may not be doing as a parent. In classic Covey style, it's goal oriented including such th...more
Nayab
THIS book deserves more than just 5 stars.. I so mean it!
Bart Breen
Well Packaged, Well Presented, Needful Message

I listened to the Audio CD version of this book. The presentation was well organized. With breaks built in for thought, action and reflection.

The primary message I received is that strong families do not just "happen." They take work, thought, leadership, time and give and take from all members.

The anecdotes are relevant. The habits are doable. I came away from this as someone who needs to work on their family feeling that there is hope.

A very worthw...more
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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One...more
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“If you organize your family life to spend even ten or fifteen minutes a morning reading something that connects you with these timeless principles, its almost guaranteed that you will make better choices during the day--in the family, on the job, in every dimension of life. Your thoughts will be higher. Your interactions will be more satisfying. You will have a greater perspective. You will increase that space between what happens to you and your response to it. You will be more connected to what really matters most.” 11 likes
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