The Value Minute® features are beneficial and appropriate for families of all types. Parents frequently talk about how family time seems to be becoming scarcer. Children these days have many commitments - academics, athletics and other extracurricular pursuits and many families feel that they are constantly on the go with seemingly little 'down time'.
In addition, dual-income and single-parent families are common which means some children spend as much or more time with other care providers and influencers than their parents on a regular basis. The Value Minute® is an excellent means to gain some perspective by getting a quick pulse on values relevant to our times and important to your family. Keeping children grounded by providing examples of practical values is just one way to ensure that they will mature into confident, principled adults.
We all know that it can be tricky trying to balance family life, work, community, school and other commitments and still feel like you are focusing enough time on instilling good values in those upon which you have influence also being a good example to follow. Stopping for just a moment on a regular basis to digest The Value Minute® features can give you some reassurance that you are setting a good example and/or provide a reminder to underscore the importance of values in your children, other family members and those with whom you come into contact in your daily lives. The features act as a catalyst to start dialogue. They get you thinking and talking, providing interesting and lively discussions that we can all learn from.
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Sample Family-Specific Features
The Increasing Importance of Family
Finding time for family is a more pressing concern than layoffs, according to a survey in a USA Today article by Stephanie Armour. 70% of the employees in a survey said that family is their most important priority. 54% said this two years ago. 96% of a group of college students, in a poll, said that family was either extremely important or a very important value to them. A CEO said that, "When times are tough, that's when you find out where your values are."
How important is family to you? How do you practice that value?
Erma Bombeck's Values
When she was dying from cancer, Erma Bombeck wrote: "If I had my life to live over...I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded...I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth...I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains."
What kind of values shifts did Erma Bombeck embrace?