A young family

Family is a collection of people related by birth or marriage. This can be classified into a nuclear and an extended family. Nuclear family consists of two parents and their children, while extended family includes the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, grandchildren. A family can also be made up of anyone a person considers to be their family.

A family shares emotional bonds, common values, goals and responsibilities. And family members contribute significantly to the well being of each other.

Every family has what it cherishes as values. Values are considered to be principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life. As such, values reflect a person’s sense of right and wrong. Family values are standards or ideals with which the collection of people in a family evaluate actions, people, things, or situations. Beauty, honesty, justice, peace, generosity are all examples of values that many families endorse.

Categories Of Values

Each family has a list of values different from another, but there are some categories of values that tend to be similar. Let us consider some of them below.

1. Moral values: Moral values provide the foundation on which we make decisions. They are individual values about what we think is right and wrong. Morals are learned from our parents and our experiences.

 Examples of moral values include:

* Being honest and trustworthy.

*   Being courageous.

*   Never giving up.

*   Adding value to the world.

*   Being patient.

* Taking personal responsibility.

2. Social values: These consist of things like peace, justice, freedom, equality and bettering our     community. Examples of social values include:

*   Not hurting others and also standing up for those who can’t   stand up for themselves.

*   Being respectful and courteous in your interactions.

*   Volunteering time and skills in the community.

*   Being generous with what you have.

*   Being honest with others.

*   Participating in teamwork whenever possible.

3. Religious values: These revolve around the expectations that people have about themselves and others based on the beliefs of their faith. Although each faith has its beliefs, there are common values that many faiths tend to share. Examples of religious values include:

* Showing compassion to those in need.

* Treating others as one would like to be treated.

* Continually learning and growing both spiritually and intellectually.

* Being modest when relating with others.

* Being respectful and nonviolent when interacting with others.

…to be continued.

Pastor Bosun Obafemi is an author and a journalist with a print media organization. He also Pastors a zone in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

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