Family Values are ideas as to how you want to live your life. These values help you make good choices and guide you on how to behave in certain situations. Values are personal beliefs about what is important and what is not; what is good and what is bad and what is right and what is wrong. Values give us direction on how to live.
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Principles to Live by
The principles my family believe to be important are outlined on the back cover of this book. We divided our values into 3 categories. They include Moral, Personal and Financial Literacy. You can use our list as a start. However, every family should develop a list of what is important to them. Those values are about who you are. In addition to these categories, you might also consider Religious, Political, Recreational or Civic categories in your list. However, like the most successful companies focus on a few core values, successful families should do the same.
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Establishing values to live by should start at a young age. Initially, they should be developed by parents and as the family ages, there should be input from everyone. As time progresses, those values may change or mature based upon what is happening in your lives and in the world. To start, you can cut out the last page of the book and hang those Family Values on your wall.
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Family Values vs. Power and Material Success
We live in a world where power and material success are always on display. Many of our politicians, celebrities and sports stars ﬂaunt what they believe to be success. Therefore, it is important that your Family Values be reinforced continuously. This occurs by frequently discussing the established values, conspicuously displaying the values, using the values as the focal point for solving problems, and by parents living the values for all to see. It is important to remember these are not rules but principles or standards of behavior to live by. Rules are too narrow to apply to situations in life where values have much broader applicability.