Following through on family values

Kim DeMarchi, MEd Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to come up with a set of values with your family and teach them to your children
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Following through on family values

Values determine how we live our lives. Coming up with a set of values, perhaps in a family meeting, eight to 10 values, that we all highly value, that will think important will govern your life as a family. It is something to post. We have a family mission statement with our values written in it. We can refer to it if somebody is not following one of our values. We can call them out on it. For example, one of our family values is taking care of our environment. If we see our child throwing their water bottle into the trashcan, we will call them on it. You know what guys? Remember we thought it was important to take care of the environment. When we think honesty is important as a family value, you need to as a parent make sure you are following through on that because you have the same expecations for your child. If my mother in law calls and I say do not tell her I am here to my child, what do you think they are learning from that? You need to be held accountable for the same values you set forth in your family.

Kim DeMarchi, MEd Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on how to come up with a set of values with your family and teach them to your children


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Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE

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is an Oregon resident, in the United States, with 18 year old boy/girl twins in the Tigard Tualatin School District, and has been an educator for almost three decades. She began her career as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, then worked as an elementary school administrator for 6 years, and then decided to dedicate herself to teaching parenting classes and workshops exclusively. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families, in a program called Redirecting Children‘s Behavior. She also has taken recent trainings in the areas of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Trauma Informed Care, Smart Voices/Smart Choices: Parents Talking with Kids about Mental Wellness and Substance Use, and Making the Connection: Stress, Teen Brains & Building Resilience. Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops, classes, coaching families and writing monthly articles for two local newspapers Tualatin Times and Tigard Times. Kim is a monthly guest on KATU's Afternoon Live and an occasional guest on KATU's AM Northwest television show doing parenting segments. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her close to one hundred 30 minute parenting podcasts found on her website. Additionally, Kim recently made her fifth trip to Asia during the last few years to teach and share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s goal for you is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with your loved ones.

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