Exploring Values Together

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,drawing 2
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Gandhi

How did you develop your values? How do you live out your values in your everyday life? How do you help your children to clarify and develop their values?

The Coming of Age class has been exploring their values this month, with activities that would be great for families to do together at home (thank you to Dave Junno and Peg Johnson who helped to develop and implement this activity). 

  1. Create a list of values. For younger kids, the adults might create a simple list ahead of time. For older children, you can generate the list together. You might want to use the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism as a jumping off point for brainstorming values.
  2. Make sure everyone understands the values. Even just talking about what justice, kindness, integrity, or empathy are can lead to really rich conversations. 
  3. Think of a hero and explore which values that person demonstrates. How do they live their values? This is a helpful way to think about the meaning of the values and how people can live their values.
  4. Now think about each person’s personal values. Have each person narrow down the list of values to 3-5 that are most important to them. Discuss why they are the most important. 
  5. Brainstorm how you show your values in your everyday life.