We all have values. Even if we have never taken the time to identify and speak them, we have them. Taking time to honestly consider what your values are is a gift I believe every person should give themselves. Now I will admit, I didn’t always believe this to be the case. Although I was raised in a family whose values I experienced on a daily basis, we didn’t grow up having ‘value-identifying’ conversations. My Big Sis, who is also a fellow-homeschooler, introduced this concept to my husband and I shortly after we got married. She walked us through a process that helped us identify our core values.
That paper, with all our circled values and notes and promise, was put away, lost and forgotten. It wasn’t until we were faced with a challenging life choice, will I remain home with the girls or return to work, that we searched for and found that piece of paper. It reminded us of what we truly value and helped us make the right decision for our family, a decision that was based on our family’s values. We were so very grateful for having listened to Big Sis!
Values are a person’s deeply held beliefs that impact their daily living. In other words, a person’s core values are their guiding principals. They work together to form a solid core of who you are and what you believe.
When we Live Our Values we make a decision to intentionally focus on what is important. If you don’t know your core values, it will be difficult to effectively create the life you want. If you know what your values are, then you can use them to accurately assess your actions and behaviors.
Knowing, and thus truly trying to live out my values has had such a profound effect on me that I wanted to make sure my children had the opportunity to think about it at very young ages. I also thought that it would be a wonderful way to help us begin the school year.
I went searching for a way to discuss values with my girls, ages 12 and 9, and didn’t find anything that suited my needs. So what do we homeschooling moms do when that happens – we create our own! Live Your Core Values lesson plan focuses on identifying and sharing your personal beliefs and is meant to be done as a family.
We worked through this lesson plan over the course of three days (it doesn’t have to take you that long). Our conversations were so insightful and rich! I learned a lot about what matters to my girls and was truly amazed with the events that shaped their thinking (some I knew – others I completely forgot).
“This was one of the best back-to-school activities we have done” – their words, not mine – but I completely agree!
Download my FREE Core Values Lesson Plan
After you use it, please let me know how it worked for you and your family.
As always, Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed!