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Do you want a simple and fun way to teach your children values?  In partnership with valuesparenting.com, we offer you a different value each month to work on as a family.

Go to valuesparenting.com for additional methods and order or download Alexander’s Amazing Adventures, a wonderful set of CDs that help teach the month’s value to your children.

Introduction to November's Value: Peaceability

Introduction to November’s Value: Peaceability

Children need calmness. It gives them a kind of security. Peace and the control of temper is a powerful and important value that is largely a product of love and of the atmosphere created in a home!
Introduction to October's Value: Kindness and Friendliness

Introduction to October’s Value: Kindness and Friendliness

Kind, friendly people are generally more happy and successful than those who are often unfriendly and unkind. As we help our children work on kindness and friendliness, we're helping them to grow and stretch in very important ways. Check out these simple, tried-and-true ideas for teaching our children to be a little more kind and...
Introduction to September's Value: Loyalty and Dependability

Introduction to September’s Value: Loyalty and Dependability

Children can learn what loyalty and dependability are through stories, games, role-playing, and discussion. It's not always an easy choice. Sometimes being loyal and dependable means doing what is right even when it is hard.
Introduction to August's Value: Unselfishness and Sensitivity

Introduction to August’s Value: Unselfishness and Sensitivity

It takes real effort on the part of parents, and sometimes a long time for children, to realize that the world does not revolve around them. Check out these tried-and-true methods for teaching children to be a bit less selfish.
Introduction to July's Value:  Honesty

Introduction to July’s Value: Honesty

This will help small children realize that feelings are caused by what has happened -- and that it is okay to feel things and okay to tell others honestly how we feel.
Introduction to June's Value: Self-Reliance and Potential

Introduction to June’s Value: Self-Reliance and Potential

Think of self-reliance and potential is as two sides of the same coin. Self-reliance has a lot to do with taking the blame or the responsibility for negative things that happen. While potential is taking little credit and having the right kind of pride.
Introduction to May's Value: Courage

Introduction to May’s Value: Courage

We had been talking with our 10-year-old son Talmadge about courage, and I'd been trying, in my long-winded way, to explain the difference between true courage or being a leader for the right.I had been trying to communicate the idea that real bravery was an inner thing, it was then that Talmadge interrupted with...
Introduction to March's Value: Fidelity and Chastity

Introduction to March’s Value: Fidelity and Chastity

For those who wish to teach their children about the desirability of fidelity in marriage and the good sense of abstinence before marriage, Richard and Linda Eyre offer some very helpful ideas.
Introduction to February's Value: Love

Introduction to February’s Value: Love

Introduction Our youngest child is named Charity. We liked the sound of the word as well as its definition of “pure love.” A few weeks before her first birthday we were trying to generate a discussion of love with our older children around the dinner table. What is love? What causes us to feel it...
Introduction to January's Value: Self Discipline

Introduction to January’s Value: Self Discipline

Self-discipline and moderation are two sides of the same coin. Self-discipline is pulling up and away from the laziness of doing too little. Moderation is pulling in and away from the excesses of trying to do or to have too much.
Introduction to June's Value: Justice and Mercy

Introduction to June’s Value: Justice and Mercy

Justice and mercy -- these words seem too abstract, multifaceted, maybe even too religious for children to understand. Yet when they are broken down into their simplest form, they are the basic values for every household -- the values around which everything else revolves.
Update on the Value Kindness and Friendliness: A Helping Hands Chart Giveaway!

Update on the Value Kindness and Friendliness: A Helping Hands Chart Giveaway!

This month, Megan Stewart and Mary Croxford teamed up to discuss Kindness and Friendliness. As a special bonus, they are giving away a Helping Hands chart from Brite Music! Giveaway details are below!
Update on the Value Unselfishness and Sensitivity: Active Listening and Kitchen Duty

Update on the Value Unselfishness and Sensitivity: Active Listening and Kitchen Duty

Mary Croxford used the Golden Rule, a new cleaning rule, and baked goods to teach her children unselfishness and sensitivity. Her results? She says they have been super!
Update on the Value Respect: Encouraging Respect in our Family

Update on the Value Respect: Encouraging Respect in our Family

We decided that there were many areas we could work on to bring more respect into our home. We all brainstormed a list of different ways and voted on three behaviors that we would especially focus on this month. ALL of our children really got into this activity. It was really heartwarming!
Introduction to April's Value: Respect

Introduction to April’s Value: Respect

The importance of respect is self-evident. Children who learn both to implement and to understand the principle of respect will be better members of society, better friends, and better leaders.
Update on Peaceability: Introducing the Value to Our Family

Update on Peaceability: Introducing the Value to Our Family

September is a great month for this value. It automatically lends itself to the idea of becoming more routine-oriented as we set goals for the school year and begin to put more structure back into our lives. I love the routine we have developed for this month. Not everything is coming off perfectly but, it...
June Wrap Up for the Values Justice and Mercy

June Wrap Up for the Values Justice and Mercy

Here are a few of the very handy tools I’ve found for teaching children about justice and mercy.  I think kids are very visual, tactile learners, so having a few tangible things they can see has been very helpful for us. We’ve only used a few simple tools, but they all have been extremely effective....
Monthly Value Update: Justice and Mercy

Monthly Value Update: Justice and Mercy

How has this month’s value, Justice and Mercy, been going for you all? I started out this month completely overwhelmed and clueless as to how to teach this value. I also had a hard time believing that this was as necessary as “honesty” or “love”. I realized right away that I was wrong. Just in...
April wrap up for the values "Unselfishness and Sensitivity"

April wrap up for the values “Unselfishness and Sensitivity”

Welcome! If you are new to this area of the website, we are so glad you stopped by and want to invite you to share with us any ideas that you have or things you have done with your own family as you teach the monthly value. We can learn so much from each other!...

Monthly Value Report: Teaching by Example

This month, I have been struggling what to write….how do you teach a 3-and-4-year-old about fidelity and chastity?  I think for this month, taking things down all the way to the basics for them is enough. What are the basics?  Setting an example.  Be an example of fidelity and chastity in your own marriage or...

Self-Discipline and Moderation Booklist

This month was a hard month to find books!  I am still working on it but wanted to post what I had.  I hope you are able to steal away some time with your children to read with them.  It’s such a special way to help them learn and also feel your love.  I cherish...
Monthly Value Update: Teaching Self-Reliance and Potentiall

Monthly Value Update: Teaching Self-Reliance and Potentiall

I had quite a few ideas for October.   Even though the month is over, I thought I’d share a few thoughts and ideas with you because the value of self-reliance is extremely important.  Not only is it important, but it’s one that adults don’t seem to teach enough or even practice enough themselves a lot...
October Booklist

October Booklist

For October’s value of self-reliance and potential, here is a list of books that I found for you to read with your children.  I tried to get a good mix of older and younger children’s books.  As always, please feel free to leave any feedback or suggestions for the booklist.  Happy reading! Oh! The Places...
September Value Wrap-Up

September Value Wrap-Up

How has everyone’s September gone?  Peaceablilty is such an important value.  I’m sad to report that I have been a total slacker this month as far as stopping to take the time to instigate too much “officially”.  I had a little one back in June and he’s kept me pretty busy! We did at least...
Courage Booklist

Courage Booklist

    Courage Booklist Here is a short booklist for this month’s value.  Please add your input and suggestions.  Hope you like it! The Berentstain Bears Get Stage Fright The Berentstain Bears Go Out for the Team The Giver – Lois Lowry Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry The Messenger – Lois Lowry The Empty Pot...
Some Ideas for Teaching Honesty

Some Ideas for Teaching Honesty

    Hey Everyone!  How is your summer going so far?  I hope it’s been as wonderful as mine.  Every year I forget how quickly they go by, and vow to myself to soak in every available moment.  Just thought I would share with you some of the things I have cooked up so far...
Honesty Booklist

Honesty Booklist

Here are some great books that help teach about honesty. Feel free to add your favorite books that address honesty in the comments below.  Happy reading! (Click on each book image to learn more about the book or make a list of the ones that look good and head to the library.)  

Object lesson Ideas For June Value….

This month has been a great value to focus on, Justice and Mercy. I came across a couple of ideas to help teach forgiveness to children. I wanted to share them with you and invite you to share any other ideas you have to help in teaching this value to your family. 1. Ask a...
I Have A Challenge For You...

I Have A Challenge For You…

Today was the last day of school. One hour of it anyway! ;o) Here comes summer! Just thought I would post an idea that turned out to be really fun and simple. Last week, my husband and I were brainstorming ideas of what we could do with our children to really focus on the value...

Value of the Month Update

How’s your month going? Let’s share some ideas…. Hi Ladies.  My name is Mary Croxford.  My daughter, Megan (who has kids of her own) and I are the new Power of Moms Value of the Month managers and I’m excited for this challenge to really get into the values with my own family and share...

April Value Wrap-Up

Hi fellow mommies and women out there – I would like to introduce myself:  My name is Megan Stewart.  I am the oldest of seven children, my youngest sibling being my 19- month-old sister. I grew up in a loving and involved home with two extremely devoted parents who continue to set an incredible example...