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What traits do you value?
Do your actions communicate these values?
In every challenging situation, people can and do respond in different ways. Each different response conveys different values.
Read each situation, circle the response you prefer and then look below to see what your responses would communicate.
1. Three year-old Zack has proudly dressed himself in a dotted pink shirt with green and red plaid pants. You:
2. Your daughter Yvonne promised to go to Sarah’s birthday party but now, the day of the party, she doesn’t want to go. She wants to stay with Uncle Max. You:
3. Your son Willie’s pet dog Muffin died. He is crying and wants to have a funeral for the dog. You:
4. Ted-dy is a ba-by, chants first-grader Sophie to her three-year-old brother. Ted starts to cry, protesting that he is not a baby. You:
5. It is 7 pm and Robby (age 9) and Pearl (age 6) have not picked up the Legos® as they promised. You:
Values conveyed in these situations:
1. Dressing: a. independence, b. neatness, c. uninvolved, d. problem solving.
2. Birthday party: a. happiness or independence, b. empathy, c. problem solving, d. trustworthy.
3. Dog dies: a. courage, b. happiness, c. sensitive, d. spiritual.
4. Teasing: a. obedience, b. independence or parent detached, c. empathy, d. problem-solving.
5. Toy clean-up: a. cooperation, b. responsibility, c. giving up, d. happiness.
Adapted from Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire, by Harriet Heath, Ph.D.
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Last updated May 05, 2008