All great leaders have one thing in common – they’re readers. Their education didn’t stop once they received a diploma, in fact, often, that’s when the real education began.
Are you raising a leader?
The books below, if read and implemented, will impact your teen in a powerful way. They’ll have the opportunity to discover their passions, build crucial interpersonal skills, learn what leadership really looks like, and see what it means to dream big.
It’s never too early to inspire your kids to do great things.
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Use these Books in your Home School to Teach Valuable Skills
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This classic book should be a must-read for everyone, including our older kids.
In this book, Dale Carnegie shows you how to make friends by essentially becoming a better one yourself. Chapters on being a conversationalist, investing in others, and how to make a good impression will be relevant to teens no matter what field they find themselves in.
And what teen doesn’t want to know how to gain support from others and eventually win them over to their way of thinking?
There is also a whole section on how to become a great leader. With plenty of practical advice and real-life examples, your teen will see the importance of compassionate leadership.
If you want your teen to be an influencer, this is an important book to read.
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller
QBQ, or The Question Behind the Question is a powerful book. In it, John Miller shows readers how by “asking better questions, we get better answers.”
Questions that begin with “Who”, “When,” and “Why” automatically put us into the mindset of a victim, making it seem like we have little or no control over our lives. Instead, and ask the right questions, starting with “How” and “What,” and show that you are willing to take personal responsibility.
Your teens will have no trouble seeing themselves in this book (everyone I know does). Mr. Miller gives a variety of examples showing what happens when we ask weak questions and what can happen when we turn the questions around, putting the responsibility squarely on our own shoulders.
This book will teach your teens early on that they are the only ones who can improve their situation.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers by Sean Covey
Full of real-life stories, this book aims to give teens tools they’ll need to be successful throughout their lives. With sections on time management, leadership, goal setting, and other life skills, teens are shown how to make important decisions and take responsibility for their actions.
I love that the book demonstrates the kind of thinking that will get you nowhere – blaming, entitlement, laziness, and procrastination, but turns around and shows successful attitudes and actions.
When paired with discussion, this is a great book to help your kids learn some important and powerful life skills.
The Richest Kids In America by Mark Victor Hansen
Is your teen interested in becoming an entrepreneur? If so, this is a great book for them to read because it’s all about kids who are running their own businesses and getting wealthy doing it.
Inside, the kids share how they discovered their passions, the roads they took to get started, and how they found the support they needed. One part of the book I found quite interesting was how all of the young entrepreneurs worked to make their communities a better place by giving back. Very inspirational!
This book is a great tool for motivating your kids and encouraging them to reach for more than a job.
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens by Carol Christen, Richard N. Bolles
The classic book that has helped countless adults figure out their next steps in life has now been adapted for teens.
Inside are tools to help your teen discover subjects they’re passionate about, helping them make more informed decisions regarding college and potentially their dream job. While going through the included exercises, teens will find out where their strengths lie and possibly how to turn a hobby or interest into a field of study.
Because this book is written for teens, there’s also information about internships, using social media wisely and to your advantage, and how to handle job interviews.
If your teen is considering college but doesn’t really know what he wants to study, this book should definitely be on your bookshelf.
Books like these are wonderful tools to use in your home school. It’s never too early to get your teen thinking about their future. If you haven’t already begun, now is the perfect time to start working on the skills they’ll need to be successful as they move through life.
What books would you recommend?
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