"The more your child develops positive values that guide her or his behavior, the more likely he or she is to make positive choices and grow up healthy."

A person's values influence everything they think, do and say.  The more positive those values, the more positive the person's actions will be.  The more positive values individuals show, the more positive our communities will be and thus more positive our world will be as well.  Below are a few ideas on building POSITIVE VALUES:

-  teach children about right and wrong.  Don't assume they know the difference.
-  create opportunities for your child to do a caring behaviour for someone
-  model the values you want your children to show
-  discuss what equality, social justice, responsibility, caring, integrity, honesty and restraint mean
-  provide opportunities for your child to be responsible (clean room, wash dishes, mow lawn)
-  show encouragement
-  make a point of telling your child when you see them exhibiting positive values

Positive Values Quotations

“When we perform acts of kindness,we get a wonderful feeling inside.” —Rabbi Harold Kushner, Ph.D.

“The true measure of an individual is how she/he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”—Ann Landers

“When one helps another, both gain strength.” —Ecuadorian proverb

“Kids know, better than grownups,what we do is more important than what we say.” —Pete Seeger

“Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?” —Cicero

“The more you let your child do for himself [herself], the more capable he [she] will feel.” —Robert Butterworth, Ph.D.