𝗔𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗵𝘂𝘀𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗻𝗼 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗯𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀, 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗳𝘂𝗹.

But being 3, 6 and 8 helpful meant different things to each one of them 😀 Other things we would remind them of is to be kind, and say thank you and please when appropriate.

It was hard however to keep everyone in the family focused on the key behaviours that we believed as parents would make us operate best as a family. So even though we were talking a lot about how important it is to be helpful, say thank you, and be respectful and kind, we weren’t sure how to reinforce it.

𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝗹𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆, 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀.

𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀 (at the moment)… they may change over time, but for the past three years these have remained the same.

The great thing about having them in colour on our wall is that everyone feels empowered to speak up if someone isn’t behaving in line with these values!