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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Balance Feels Best! To be healthy and happy, we need to exercise our mind, body, heart, and soul. 


Student example: When we spend too much time staying up late instead of getting enough sleep, we can become grouchy and our grades may drop. It is important to get enough rest, work hard, and play as well!


Sharpen the Saw is all about keeping your personal self sharp so that you can better deal with your life. It means regularly renewing and strengthening your body, brain, heart and soul.



For young children, understanding the importance of balancing school, sports, friendships and church can be difficult. Encourage your child to take care of each part of their self to make them all work better. At school, Habit 7 is taught in this child-friendly way: I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with family and friends (heart). I take time to find meaningful ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of myself.


Reinforce Habit 7 at home with discussions that focus on balance and renewal, like:  journaling, exercising, learning a new skill or laughing. Click HERE for family activities!    


The following book was chosen to illustrate Habit 7. Common and easily accessible at most libraries and bookstores,this book is a fun and interesting way for children to connect to the timeless principles. You will
begin to see examples 
in other children's literature and soon your child will too!


Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems     
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! is about a very persistent pigeon that tries everything to be allowed
to stay up late. They story will make it easy to talk about how getting enough sleep is a very important part
of being a leader of you.