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What Family Values Will You Pass On?

As a child, it's your parents' job to teach you values -- all the things that shape you into a strong, confident person so you have the tools to make the right decisions.

Some examples of general values are:

  • Individuality: Being confident about yourself
  • Integrity and Responsibility: Doing the right thing
  • Compassion: Helping others
  • Tolerance and Respect: Accepting other people's differences
  • Honesty: Being truthful to others and to yourself
  • Courage: To try new things and take risks
  • Generosity: Sharing and Giving to others
  • Faith: This could be religious, but it doesn't have to be

Of course we all have specific values that we learned from our family. My parents taught me to "Always call your Grandmother at least once a week," or "If you borrow something, always return it in the same shape you received it," and "Be kind to animals," and my mom's personal favorite, "No TV while eating dinner." These values have stuck with me, and I know someday when I have kids, I'll definitely pass them on to them.

So I was wondering what did you learn from your parents that you plan on passing on to your children?


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Nerine Nerine 10 years
I really want my children to have a sense of pride/self-worth. I really want to pass on my strong backbone.
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 10 years
some odd but true lessons: -always count to at least 2 before the light turns green or you could be hit a red light runner -don't say "eww what smells" in middle school in class because it could be a guy with bad hygiene and you'll make him feel bad -always say thank you and ma'am -no tv with dinner -read more than you watch tv
demeter demeter 10 years
All of my kids are going to be modest, generous, and have amazing morals.
SugarPrep SugarPrep 10 years
"Beauty comes from nowhere,you earn it" is what my Good 'ol Granny taught me.
VirginiaGomes VirginiaGomes 10 years
If I could pass something to my kids I will pick Compassion, Faith and Generosity
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
effort: always do your best and accept that on any given day you may not be 100%. respect: every human being deserves to be treated with respect simply because they are a human being. humanity: at the end of the day you have to look in the mirror and live with yourself. think about that before you make important decisions. choices: life is mostly about choices. if you don't like where you are choose to do something about it.
ariela_enchilada ariela_enchilada 10 years
i'm the same as lintacious. i only learned how to lie and manipulate people to get what i wanted. i grew up with, and still have zero self esteem. i'm going to do everything different from the way my parents raised me. i hate looking back on my childhood. i don't want the same thing for my kids.
theboyslover theboyslover 10 years
all of the above. especially respect, tolerance, and honesty.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 10 years
Everything that is up there and more. My family is strong on values because we are Christian. I don't go to church anymore but i am still strong on my values and still have faith (although i don't really agree with organized religion i still pray and understand that there is a god and accept it). I Love that my family is strong on values and morals. My mom always told me to be myself and follow me dreams too. Responsibility is a huge one as well as Honesty. They also always told me to do my best in everything i do. I will definately pass all of these down to my children!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i ditto book and shoes
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
Hard work is a strong one in my house.
CupcakeGal10 CupcakeGal10 10 years
Loyalty. No marriage or friendship can thrive without it.
katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 10 years
A Love of, and care for Animals teaches: communication, generosity, resposibility, hard work, caution, pride, creativity and also teamwork. The experience and the affectionate rewards are immense!
lintacious lintacious 10 years
i honestly dread having a family, for fear i will retreat to the bad habits my mom and dad had when they raised me. the only "family value" i ever learned from my mother was to lie lie lie. obviously i dont want to pass on that one :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
Work Ethic, nothing is more important as an adult than to have a good work ethic. I work for the state, so i work around alot of people who have no idea what the definition of "a good job" is, they do what the have to and that is it.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
I think the most important lesson my parents taught me was to be true to myself and not to just go with the crowd. It's made life hard sometimes (wouldn't it just be easier sometimes to not think through everything and to just be a sheep?) but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
leilanidream leilanidream 10 years
One of the key things i learned from my parents was definitely FAMILY FIRST. Friends, and romantic relationships come and go, but your siblings will be there forever. I have found this to be true. What a blessing it is to have a built in support system when u hit lifes highs and the lows...
juliemyjewel juliemyjewel 10 years
The value of a dollar. My parents always made me work for money, doing odd jobs around the house, stuff like that. It taught me to always be self-sufficient, to be a hard-working, and to be a survivor. I think there is nothing more horrible than kids who feel they are entitled to things. I know that I will ALWAYS be alright on my own, and I will NEVER have to rely on a man- never ever.
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