Resources for Parents

The Leader in Me is a curriculum developed by Franklin Covey that empowers

everyone to be a leader! This series teaches how each child has unique strengths to

make a contribution in and out of school. The contribution of their strengths allows

them to encourage others to use their strengths. The development of their

strengths occur through the 7 Habits, which are life skills that can be used in

sports, with friends, among siblings, in groups, in school, and with parents and

other adults! The Leader in Me will leave a legacy that will help the child today,

tomorrow and in their future.

Now that you have a little background, below are explanations of each Habit and some of the practical

ways the life skills will appear in school, home and many of the above suggested arenas. As a parent,

your awareness of the 7 Habits will help to reinforce the life skills being taught and empower and

support you as a parent!

Be Proactive

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and

moods. I do not blame other for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without

being asked, even when no one is looking.

At Home:

Doing chores around the house without my parent asking me.

In School:

Finishing work assignments without my teacher reminding me.

Begin with the End in Mind

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a

difference. I am an important part of my classroom/home and contribute to my

school/home’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good person.

At Home:

I choose to complete my homework before watching television.

In School:

I choose not to cheat, because I thought of the consequences of my actions.

Put First Things First

I spend my time on things that most important. This means I say no to things I

know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am

disciplined and organized.

At Home:

I choose to spend quality time with family by cooking and eating together.

In School:

Thinking of my work that needs to be completed, I chose to get the most important work

done first.

Think “WinWin”

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what

others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.

At Home:

I choose to share my meal or candy with my sibling, rather than being selfish.

In School:

I learn to play a different game with other friends when others don’t allow you to play

with them.

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their

viewpoint (paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my

ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.

At Home:

I listen to your parents and siblings viewpoint rather than trying to get my way.

In School:

I listen to my teacher’s point of view when a problem occurs with another classmate.


I value other people’s strength and learn from them. I get along well with

others, even people who are different than me. I seek out other

people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better

solutions than any one of us could alone. I look for the Third Alternative.

At Home:

I choose to initiate having family meetings to make decisions.

In School:

I will open to learning a different way to study for science test

Sharpen the Saw

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.

I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I spend time

with family and friends. I take time to find meaningful ways to help people.

I balance all four parts of myself.

At Home:

I go outside and play, ride my bike, with my friends and siblings.

In School:

During my quiet time, I read my book for silent reading.

If you are interested in going the extra mile, these additional

resources can support your family in this journey:

Leader In Me Parenting Guide – $4.95 online

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Tree Poster