Seven Habits of Happy Kids

  • Arcado students and staff focus on the Seven Habits of Happy Kids Sean Covey.

    1. Be Proactive
      "You are in charge: I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking."
    2. Begin with the end in mind:
      Have a plan: I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen."
    3. Put first things first
      "Work first, then play: I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized."
    4. Think Win-Win
      "Everyone can win: I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives."
    5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
      "Listen before you talk:I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking."
    6. Synergize
      "Together is better: I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble."
    7. Sharpen the saw
      "Balance feels best: I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others."

    -- from Franklin Covey Education: The Leader In Me - 7 Habits of Happy Kids