Discover your Values

Why are values important and how can identifying them help you parent better?

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Our values go to the heart of what is important to us.  They are the principles and standards that guide our conduct as we navigate through life.  Alongside skills, values are important when choosing career directions that are fulfilling and rewarding for us and for our children. 

We all have a unique mix of values that drive our beliefs and behaviour. We are aware of some, but we may not be aware of others.  In our busy lives we may not have given much thought to the values motivating us, where we picked those values up, and even whether certain values are still valid for us today.   Yet each day, our values are influencing our behaviour and life decisions, including our hopes and aspirations for our children.   

 Some core values remain with us throughout life, while others naturally evolve over time and at different life stages. As a parent, you (and your values) are the biggest influence on your child’s vocational direction. You and your child will share some values, but other values may differ, especially as your child grows and develops into their own person.  

 As a parent, consciously thinking about the values that are paramount to you serves as a useful guide when making important decisions regarding your child.  Greater self awareness of your values helps you to be an insightful parent and to focus more closely and respectfully on your child as an individual.   Our values are our life compass to provide stability, especially in challenging, unpredictable times.  We can teach our children how to navigate by their values too. 

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One mum’s story

Why it’s important to consider the 62 values & how you can apply them

Watch how one mum used the MyKidsCareer Values cards and activities to discover her unique values and how she hopes to use her insights to be a better parent. 

Reflecting on the messages you have received from your parents and grandparents is also a useful activity for unpacking the silent messages you pass on to your children that greatly influence their future directions. Examining your family tree for career themes is an insightful activity.

Download your Family Tree Template