I started a business with a good friend which we named "Farmer's Hat Productions." We are a children's product company and the idea is that farmers plant seeds, nurture them and the plants give us nutrients and feed us. It is a metaphor for the parent-child relationship. We do the same for their growth and development. We really wanted to let others know that we understand the importance of encouraging and instilling positive values in our children. The following by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC, is a wonderful perspective on how to teach values to your kids.
" In a consumer-driven society that broadcasts values you don't approve of, how can you teach values to your kids? Here are ten ideas to help you:
1. Tell them your life stories and teach through your stories
Kids love to hear stories about your childhood. Weave in some moral dilemmas, and you?ve got great opportunities to teach them values. Life stories are especially effective at bedtime, when there are fewer distractions. They'll fall asleep with the story swirling around inside them.
2. Live your own life according to your values and walk the talk Kids learn by imitating, especially at a young age. They?re very adept at seeing the match between what you say and what you do. Don?t give them confusing signals; follow your own values every moment.