In today’s busy world, it is easy to get caught up in trying to teach our children so many things, that we can can forget the basics. I invite you all to do an activity. Get a set of notecards. Have each member of the family take 10 notecards and write one value that is important to them on each card. The values might be things like honesty, hard-working, clean, gentle, empathetic, smart, etc. Then, chose two values that are not as important to put to the side. Chose two more values to put to the side. Continue until you are down to only four core values. Then, share your final four with the other members of your family. Talk about why you chose to keep those four. Talk about why you chose the original 10 and how you decided which ones were not as important. Talk about ways that each of you exemplifies those values. How do you model those values for your children? Do your daily activities align with those core values? This is a great activity to have your au pair join the family in doing. This will allow them to understand your family and values and for you to understand their values. Talk about how values might be different based on culture. Finally, if your family is artistic, have everyone help create a poster board of the final values using pictures. Post it somewhere to remind each of you of what is truly important.
“It is not hard to make a decision once you know what your values are.” Roy E. Disney
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 9:57 PM