C.A.R.E.S. are the defining elements of a social curriculum used in many primary and intermediate grades. They're taught, modeled, revisited, read about, shared and celebrated. However, it's not always the kiddos that need the instruction, adults need it to. Here's a refresher...
C is for cooperation. The act of working together to achieve a common goal. This is usually done through communication and willingness to share.
A is for assertion. This is being able to stand up for what you believe is right. It might be asking someone to stop pestering you or stepping into another situation when you know or see someone else being taken advantage of.
R is for responsibility. This is in regard to your own actions. One only has control and responsibility for their own being.
E is for empathy. Being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes and know or relate to how they might be feeling. This is done without making things about yourself.
S is for self-control. Knowing when to control your body and words from harming or hurting others.
These are some pretty heavy traits to be dealing with and are not always easy for young ones to remember. I (as do most) still struggle with some of these traits on occasion and need to be reminded to keep them in check. But, I have an advantage over most. Not only have I had the opportunity to concoct some crazy, made-up scenarios that display these various traits for young learners, I have also seen these very traits modeled, in real time, for real reasons with real, loving, caring young people! It's enough to make one explode.
So, it is not with the holiday spirit in mind that I send this reminder, it is with the humanity spirit in mind. We don't just have to be thoughtful in December, but all year.
On a lighter note, Chip had his pants surprised right off him yesterday with a little get-together of family and friends to celebrate his 30th birthday. It took much planning and preparation to make the planets align so that he was unknowing and things would happen at the right time. Also, for those of you that know me, I don't exactly have a 'poker face' which made keeping a few secrets very difficult for me. After seven years together, there isn't much about my day, breathing habits and amount of water consumed in a day that Chip doesn't know about me, so taking an entire day off to shop and prepare (without him knowing) was against my very nature. But, for the sake of the surprise, I zipped my lips.
Thank you to all who attended, wished him well and celebrated another year of him! (And another special 'thank you' to SoTresChic for aiding in every aspect of the surprise as it couldn't have happened without her help!)
Oh, and he loves the goat!!
Lots of love,