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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: Creating a Nurturing Family in a Turbulent World

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In his first major work since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey presents a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems--large and small, mundane and extraordinary―that confront all families and strong communities. By offering revealing anecdotes about ordinary people as well as helpful suggestions about changing everyday behavior, The ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Griffin (first published September 1st 1996)
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Katie At the end of each chapter there is a section called "Sharing this chapter with adults and teens" as well as "Sharing this chapter with children." The…moreAt the end of each chapter there is a section called "Sharing this chapter with adults and teens" as well as "Sharing this chapter with children." The content might be a little dense for a 12 year old (depending on their interest level), but the end of chapter talking points would be a great way to go over the meat of each habit.(less)

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Harini Gopalswami Srinivasan
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
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
Dennis Mitton
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and in the context of families it makes even more sense.

7 Habits:
1: Use your agency/be proactive. Use the pause button to use 4 gifts.
2: Begin with the end in mind (personal, spouse, family motto/creed).
3: Put first things first (one-on-one time, family nights).
4. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
5. Think win-win
6. Synergy
7. Sharpen the saw

Husband's comment: Covey is a genius. He has taken certain practices/principles of the LDS
Teresa Raetz
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Getting through this book was very difficult for me. Not because the content was bad, just because it was very...dense. (Also because I'm bad at reading.) If I was reading very meticulously as I am wont to do, I could only manage a couple pages before my brain was saturated. I think, honestly, it could've done with quite a few less stories and examples, and there were definitely times I felt like though something was quite interesting, it wasn't really necessary. You can tell the guy is very wel
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked the overall message in this, but with me being such a raging cynic, I struggled with execution. I listened to the audio and it turned me off. It felt like a "let's hold hands - kumbaya fest". I don't know what it is, but that kind of thing gets my hackles up.

However, in spite of the cynic within, I did find that this book has some practical applications for strengthening families and how to keep things on a positive note. Keeping the end result in mind, was something I wholeheartedly ag
Brian Bojo
Aug 05, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2010
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
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, my-firsttime, 2010
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
Emi Yoshida
Stephen Covey can take something like "paying attention to your children is a good idea," and end up taking credit for inventing the notion, or make it sound like it's something that only church-goers can do properly. I could not get past the Covey family's faith-based smarmy tone, and much of the data in this book is now outdated. There were a couple interesting facts, like the bit about how the home and work have switched places as far as venues for adult relaxation, and a scenario that might ...more
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Excellent! This is the book that inspired us to write our family mission statement.
Mandy Lewis
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone who is a member of a family should read this book (so that means everyone 😉). Stephen Covey takes the 7 Habits from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and teaches how they work within a family setting. He provides many different examples, stories, objects lessons, and facts to support and teach each Habit. I feel like this book is so full of good information it will be something that I need to continually come back and reference to. It’s more of a way of life then a book with a f ...more
Cristina Palacio
Jun 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espanol
This book is great; even better for the person who is about to have children. The author, Stephen Covey, Discusses how one must talk with their child, in family. Important notes: how fathers should act and work in a family. They should have jobs and discipline and bring them (children) to work: raise them to form them into effective people
Diane Malikah Moomin Pinkston
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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Linn Wiggins
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
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
Ahmed Salem
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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!

Merged review:

For those who read The 7 habits for highly effective people, this is much more extr
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brain-power
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
Trung Nguyen
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book should be entitled "The applications of the 7 habits of highly effective people to families", but then it would not have become a top-seller. Most of the habits or principles promoted in the book are related to the 7 habits described in its cousin title. In general it would be easier for individuals who have mastered or trying to master the 7 habits to apply them to domestic matters. A man / woman / father/ mother that boasts positive outlook will most likely increase the happiness of ...more
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
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
Fastener Gal
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
It only took me two years to finish this book since I got stuck on page 97. But once I started reading again in late June 2014; I understood WHY this book and Stephen Covey's more notable one, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is well-cited in business and parenting circles. Covey's principles are applicable today. This is not a light read but this will be a reference I will definitely return to time and time again. ...more
Matej yangwao
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
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Tshewang Jamtsho
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I re-read it after 6 years and surprised to find updates. I guess I missed to understand few of the concepts which I found as i re-read.. or may be i forgot those... it was a nice experience and the reading was very fast...
Kari Olfert
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
7 Habits of Highly Effective families follows the same principals as the Highly Effective people. I think it's a great book even if you read it as a refresher motivator to keep your home life functional and happy. ...more
Victoria Evangelina Allen
Good general advise, but way too short.
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