Updated: Mar 30
"Knowing your family values and being clear about what these are with your children empowers you to raise amazing humans who do 'good' in the world, treat people the way they would like to be treated and who stand up for what they believe in."
Kirsty Foster, Author of the book Values Guided Parenting.
The shockingly tragic death of African American man George Floyd has been the catalyst to passionate demands for racial equality all around the world. #blacklivesmatter has been the mantra and the support behind this cause has been incredible.
With all of this happening in the world and conversations happening in our own country, our schools and communities, no doubt this has got you thinking about your own values and how to broach this subject with your children. Or perhaps your older children are expressing their feelings towards this subject and initiating the conversation.
What are Your Values?
If you already have a set of family values then you will will be able to link your values to conversations that you have with your children around this topic. If you don't have a set of values for your family then perhaps this could be the perfect time to create one. Here's a handy link to get you started.
Once you know what your family values are then you can begin educating, role modelling and discussing these with your children. Knowing your values will enable you to be better equipped for frank conversations and how to respond in ways that are appropriate for your family - ensuring they are in line with your parenting aspirations.
For example if one of your family values is RESPECT then you would be educating your children about how we need to respect peoples' differences and how wonderful it is to be unique and special.
Perhaps one of your family values is KINDNESS in which case you would be role modelling kind words and actions to ALL people regardless of their skin colour, financial situation, lifestyle, age, sexual orientation, gender, ability etc.
Knowing your family values and being clear about what these are with your children empowers you to raise amazing humans who do 'good' in the world, treat people the way they would like to be treated and who stand up for what they believe in.