The Importance of Values

As parents we influence many aspects of our children’s lives.  Our own moral values shape what we want our children to believe in and adopt in their own lives.

A strong moral compass will be the foundation for good decision making as our little ones enter adolescence.

In Planting My Values I talk about some of the values that I believe children should conquer on their journeys of self-discovery.

Here is a sampling:

  • Honesty
  • Manners
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Gratitude

What values do you want to instill in your children?


A little about myself…

I want to share my background so you can get to know me better.  I went to business school and received an MBA from the University of Minnesota.  I worked for Apple Computer for 10 years. Then I had children – four within six years.  Life got extremely busy.

My new job was raising my children.  No corporate job can prepare you for this! I took the skills I learned from business school and became the CEO of a family of six!

Along with this was my desire to instill a strong foundation for my children. As much as we want to give we want our children to have a solid foundation throughout life. We want them to contribute in a responsible manner.

Whether our children are 5 or 15 we want them to make good decisions, learn from their mistakes and become better citizens of our world.

Planting My Values will help our young ones as they begin their self discovery and journey to being the best they can be!

The magic and motivation behind writing “Planting My Values.”

When my four children were young I loved reading picture books to them and frequently volunteered in their classrooms to read for story time. Those brief moments were magical and fleeting. As a teacher or parent we savor those sweet smiles, wiggles and giggles, big yawns and inquisitive faces.

Those motherly moments resonated strongly and I wanted to write my own stories as a way of giving back to my community.  Raising children is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  Instilling a strong moral compass in our children is the cornerstone to raising responsible young adults. It takes dedication, motivation and a little magic!

I penned my notes early on but life got busy.  Last year I felt compelled to finish what I had started so long ago as a legacy to my own mother.

Join me in my journey! There is much more to come.