Family values serve as the foundation for creating a home environment built on love, growth, and integrity. Thoughtfully developed family values can help guide decisions, align priorities, and foster meaningful relationships. Here is a simple, 5-step process parents can follow to identify and implement impactful family values:
In the first step, parents have an open discussion between themselves about the values most important to their family. This is a time for parents to align on priorities and hopes for their children.
Next, hold a family meeting and invite each member to suggest values they believe could guide your family. Seek to understand all perspectives and identify themes. Narrow suggestions down to 3-5 core values.
Parental Alignment and Definition
Parents then reconvene to review suggestions and agree on 3-5 final family values. Clearly define what each value means for your unique family.
Present the final values and definitions during another family meeting. Explain how they will guide your family’s choices and behaviors.
Prominently display your values. Consistently reference them when making decisions and setting expectations. Reinforce the values through praise and gentle correction. Periodically discuss as a family. Establishing family values through this collaborative process can help cultivate an environment of trust, growth, and purpose.
For more guidance, we’ve created a list of 152 family values ideas to help with your brainstorming and defining process.
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