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February 2015


You are going to think I’m crazy, but I have two books that I really think you might enjoy.  Yes, I know you are covered up with homework and school projects.  Yes, I know your plates are full.  But I also know that the decisions you are making in the next few years will have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life!  These might end up being two of the most important books in your education. 

Sean Covey is the son of Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written in 1989.  Sean has written two books that are specifically written for teenagers and teenage issues.  One is an international bestseller.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens focuses on developing a set of personal tools for tackling life:  1) Be proactive, 2) begin with the end in mind, 3) put first things first, 4) think win-win, 5) seek first to understand, then to be understood, 6) synergize and 7) sharpen the saw.   The emphasis on core principles is important at any age.  Ask the students at Taylor Elementary who are studying the elementary version of this process!

The second book is The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make.  He wrote this book to address years of research, surveys and feedback from teenagers on the toughest aspects of going through the teenage years.  Topics cover issues with school, friends, parents, dating, addictions and self-worth. 

As with everything, parents, I would suggest that you look through these books first.  I have read through them and did not find anything I would consider objectionable, but that, of course, if for you to decide with your children.  These books might make a very meaningful  Valentines’ gift!

Jennifer Raney