What do we value?
Values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or a family. These values become guiding principles that dictate behavior and can help your family understand the difference between right and wrong, what is important, and what makes you who you are as a family. Your family’s core values (values that are the most important) can help you determine if you are on the right path in fulfilling your greater purpose and will help you create an unwavering guide. The following questions will help you and your children engage in a discussion on the importance of family values.
As a family, what do we value most?
Your children may need a few minutes to think about this if this is the first time you have addressed family values. Encourage them to say words like honesty, compassion, generosity, and so on. As they speak these words, you may even write them down to help your family find those that are most important that will make up your core values.
Have our family’s values changed?
This question may lead to a deeper discussion about how you have changed for the better or worse. This may help you as a parent to get back on track and ultimately move your family in a more intentional direction.
Without values, what do you think would happen to our family?
This may be very telling and a great opportunity to discuss why this topic on family values is of most importance. You can help your children understand more about what you believe and what is in your heart about your family through this discussion.
Families who are intentional about establishing core values have less chaos and are more likely to obtain higher goals in life. Danielle and I actually wrote our value words down and hung them on the wall to remind us all what we valued as a family. Over time, and as the kids got older, our words changed and became more meaningful. This is not only something you can do as a family, but it is something that just might change your family for the better. C2 it!