Family Values


There are so many various types of people with different ethnic
backgrounds, culture and manner of living that are the cause of distinct values
in a family. These families have poor, mediocre or virtuous family values,
however what one may consider as a mediocre family value may seem poor to
someone else and vice-versa. These family values differ from family to family
world-wide. The most significant values are family unity, honesty and education.

Family unity, is a family being together in blissful harmony on holidays.
Family unity is regardless how bad a situation may be it will bring us closer
together and make our bond stronger. Family unity is my family watching me grow
from infancy to adulthood, guiding me with good values. Family unity is
communicating with each other. Unfortunately, my parents were seldom around
during my childhood stages. Therefore they were rarely home to guide me through
good family values. Now that I am an adult my parents are persistent to spend
time with me and teach me values not taught to me when I was a child. I believe
it\'s like teaching an old dog new tricks. A child needs direction from the
childhood up to adulthood not the reverse. I recall coming home from school to
an empty house. My parents were working to provide us with a home, things we
needed and wanted. Regardless, as a child a family was just as important. A
popular soul singer, Luther Vandross, sang a song whose lyrics explained about
objects in a house that were still the same, but a house was not a home if there
wasn\'t anyone there you can kiss good night. I must agree with Luther, I\'ve felt
the same way for years. It would have been nice to have my parents home to
enforce rules at home. For example, if someone would have been home I would have
done my homework instead of going outside to play. Another example is sitting
together as a family to have dinner is something we rarely did. There were many
things I wish we would have discussed at the dinner table. Having my parents
spend time with me on weekends would have been very good example of family
values. My parents were so busy trying to give us everything material and
forgot that spending time with us meant more.

Secondly, the value of honesty. Honesty is the back bone of a persons
word. Without it there would not be any meaning. Throughout my life my father
always stressed that honesty was an important value. In other words , "honesty
is the best policy." Of course there are times when honesty may hurt someone\'s
feelings, but that was an situation we had to decide on our own. I can even
remember my very first honesty lesson my parents taught me. It was taking my
grandfathers silver dollars and playing with them when I shouldn\'t. I later
that evening my grandfather went to go show my younger sister those silver
dollars and somehow they were missing. My mother and father came to me because
earlier that day grandfather showed me those silver dollars and my parent
thought I might have taken them to play with. Well, when I was asked that
sixty-four thousand dollar "Brian did you take Grandfathers silver dollars" my
answer was "no". Well later that day, while I was playing in the play room my
father h appen to walk in while I was loading those missing silver dollars on to
my dump truck. Boy did I know I was in trouble. He crabbed me by the arm and
explained to me that it was not nice to lie to them. So dad made me go out to
grandfather and apologize to him and my mother and told me it was not right to
lie. I will never forget that valuable lesson my father taught me that day.

My third most valuable belief is education. Having come from a family
with both parents without a college degree. My parents strongly believed that
education was a value for future success. They had me observe how they both had
to work to make ends meet. Both of them explained however if they had received
a college education thing would have been a little easier around the family.
They now realize the value of a college education and what it means to the whole
family. It would have meant mom could have stayed home with us during younger
years and