After reading a story to nursery aged children, I offered each child a cookie. One little boy very politely said, “No, thank you, I wouldn’t care for one,” When I told his mom, she replied, “We practice.” She has taught her young child the importance of being polite and consistently reinforces that value.
I conducted a survey, asking friends and family which values they consider most important.
One of my second grade proteges, now a young man, summed it up beautifully. “In all seriousness…I don’t know that you can have a list of the most important values, because that all depends on who you are and what role you play in society. We have different strengths and weaknesses for a reason.”
The following is a list of some of the values we will be exploring in the months ahead.
Accountability and Responsibility
Ambition and Having a Work Ethic
Charity and Kindness
Empathy and Compassion
Optimism and Having a Positive Attitude
Being a Peacemaker