Ashby here. On our way to my six-year old’s T-ball game tonight, we had a talk about our family principles. I had to explain to him that principles are things that are at the core of our being as a family. They are what we believe in. They are things that we refuse to compromise on.
I am not sure why I felt the need to share them with him at that moment, but he seemed to enjoy the conversation. And I thought I’d share them here as well. I’d love your feedback. I separated our family principles into three categories.
One – We love people. Our belief in God drives our love for people. We are to look out for our fellow man always and treat them as God would treat them to the best of our abilities. We are kind.
Two – We tell the truth. Regardless of how convenient the truth is for us, the truth is still the truth. We owe it to ourselves and to our God to be truth tellers. Telling the truth makes you dependable. It engenders loyalty. It shows love.
Three – We work hard. Always. We do not give up. Ever. One thing that my parents instilled in us is a work ethic and a never quit attitude. I can only hope that our boys will find this character trait within them as well.
Have you taken the time to write down your family principles? Do your children know what you stand for? Where are you unwavering? If you’ve done this, I’d love to hear them! If you haven’t, consider it. I am trying to make these principles a larger, more consistent part of our household conversation.