Ever buy a really great dress or amazing shirt? It probably makes you feel good when you put it on and gives you confidence for the day. But the thing about a great dress or fancy shirt is it needs to be taken care of and cannot be cleaned with just any detergent. There are care instructions so that the piece of clothing can last and be enjoyed for a long time.
Consider the amount of attention we give articles of clothing - what if we gave that same attention to our relationships?
We all respond to experiences differently and it is important that we respect those differences. We cannot assume that we know what a person's reactions mean, but we can use the great gift of communication to learn more about those we love.
Care tags are a wonderful way to help children understand their reactions to emotions. They also allow children to identify how others can best support them when they are feeling a specific emotion. When a child feels understood, he is better able to accept his emotions and consider healthy ways to handle them. This understanding can create open communication and feelings of safety and love.
These care tags are great for kids who are learning about emotions, but they are also helpful in other relationships, especially for those dating or married.
Update: Thank you Jodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S for finally giving me a reference for this activity! I had been taught it years ago during internship, but never knew its originality. Now you all will have a reference as well as a resource for more therapeutic activities to use! Enjoy!
Smith, J. (2008). Care Tags. In Lowenstein, L(Ed.) Favorite Therapeutic Activities for Children and Teens:
Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques. Canada: Champion Press.