As a continuation of Building Positivity in Married life Forum, let us discuss the importance of maintaining values within a family. There are many ways to define a family ..and the definition itself is constantly evolving but one thing we all can agree is that its a lot more than the genetic/legal bonds which hold people together. Strong families often share a common set values beliefs/traditions which are at the core of most decisions. Every family's list of values will be different and there isnt one right set...What is important and what we believe in is what we eventually pass on to our kids. Unlike companies which hold meetings to come up with their mission statements family values are seldom articulated. Here is a set of values scourged from the net . Acceptance Religion Career Creativity Generosity Kids Money Mercy Spirituality Detachment Gentleness Moderation Helpfulness Patience Tactfulness Caring Education Honesty Peace Thankfulness Chastity Encouragement Humility Perseverance Thoughtfulness Commitment Enthusiasm Idealism Trust Compassion Equality Integrity Purposefulness Truthfulness Confidence Excellence Respect Unity Contentment Justice Responsibility Cooperation Flexibility Kindness Discipline Roots Courage Forgiveness Love Service Courtesy Loyalty Sincerity Here is the quiz.. 1) If u could list the values that are dear to your heart and add to this list what would they be? There is not right set that works .Just a set that works for that family. 2) If you had to choose the top 10 values from this What would they be? 3)Of the 10 if u had to absolutely pick the top 4 ...pillars on which ur marriage and family will be built/is built what would they be? 4) If u did this exercise with ur DH and kids..do u think you will come up with a list thats pretty darned close to yours? 5)And here is the real HW How close do your actions model the core values listed... U do not have to answer this .. Tips on all the little things you and your family do stand by these...are most welcome..funny/inspiring stories too...! Open thread!