All the occasions in which we have ever thought that the families of friends or other acquaintances are different from ours, we end up reflecting on the - why - of their priorities. Families form a value system that is very frequently and easily transmitted between generations, a system that allows them to evaluate the most appropriate and healthy ways to achieve an inter / intra coexistence personal. In this Psychology-Online article we share what are family values: what are they and examples.
Family values are the precepts, norms or agreements that guide the members of each family to a harmonious, fluid and balanced coexistence.
Generally, family values are based on various concepts of love. Love as the basis of different relationships often leads to a coexistence of tolerance, mutual growth, respect, solidarity and empathy, that is, family values direct attitudes, interests, thoughts towards development human.
As Ramos (2000) exposes, the child and the young person need to be educated based on the existence of clear, well-configured values, with a coherence that gives them credibility. In this aspect, there cannot be double discourse, nor double life because experiences are transmitted and beliefs are lived.
Children are taught at home even when it is not intended to; because the factor of imitation acts in a powerful way.
The notion of right and wrong It is not something innate in children, it is the adults with their way of approving or disapproving of certain attitudes that will propose the norms. For example, from the age of 3, good is what makes mom happy and calm, and bad is what makes her angry; thus the moral conscience of the child is born.
In the following article you will find more information about moral values and the ethical values.
Family values are all those recommendations that our parents have given us at certain times; recommendations on how we should behave with our friends, family and neighbors, they are also all the advice they give us on how to deal with the things that worry us, make us sad or upset.
Family values often guide us to respect any living being (schoolmates, friends, siblings, cousins, teachers, animals, nature and with any other person we meet), that attitude of respect that family values teach us allows us to accept and promote the freedom of each being alive.
We must identify that family values teach us to live not only with our peers, because without a doubt we are not all the same. Here are some examples of how to apply family values in our lives:
- Solidarity and equity, as we describe - we are not all the same - we know that a child who has grown up in a very remote community of the city (with only few services at home such as electricity and water), this child will be relatively limited in some aspects in relation to another who has grown up in the metropolis (with some other services and accesses that facilitate their growth); both children despite the differences in their performance (social, academic, emotional, cognitive and others), show the same interest in growing, therefore solidarity guides us towards supporting the interests of both of them. A child who learns that there will be notable differences in people will know that this does not correspond to the exception of the practice of family values.
- Gratitude, the learning of this family value is observed, for example, in those moments where the child is instructed in the corresponding social skills - especially in the recognition of how important a person is and his efforts - guiding him to the practice of verbal and bodily gestures (a hug, a handshake and the corresponding joint).
- Empathy, an example from childhood about this family value is the child's frequent attitude when observing cry to one of his classmates or a little brother and he approaches to ask - What did you happens? - and maybe also a pat on the head or on the back. Empathy allows the human being - and in this case the child - to try to understand the affective life and everything else that happens in the people, events and animals that surround them.
- FriendshipFrom childhood we must be able to learn the value of friendship, mutual affection and loyalty that comes from contact with the other.
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