What are Values?
We hear so much these days about how important it is that parents instill good values in their children. The truth is that if parents don’t accept this responsibility, then the void may be filled by negative forces in our culture that do not support healthy morals and ethics for our families.
The more aware parents are of their own values, the clearer they will be in expressing them and communicating them to their children.
Value is the amount of worth ascribed to something, the degree to which something is prized or has merit. Values are the beliefs that each person considers are important for himself and possibly for humanity as a whole.
Values are very important in parenting since they deeply influence all behaviors and attitudes and effect our decisions and relationships. For a value to be truly your own, you must act on it and your behavior must reflect it – not just verbally accept it or think that you should follow it.
The following common sayings refer to the important concept of acting in concert with your values in order to have internal integrity:
- put your money where your mouth is;
- walk the walk not just talk the talk;
- actions speak louder than words;
- children do as they see, not do as they are told to do.