Personal Values Development

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At birth, each of us is virtually a blank slate. At this time in our lives, we have learned nothing. Our only skill is to cry when the need for food, personal attention, and comfort arises. Until something is needed, we are content to lie there and watch the world revolve around us. Throughout life, we develop values based on what we have previously learned or experienced. The goal of developing values in children is to establish the capability to make sound judgments and ethical decisions (Kolberg, 1971). The entire process of value development is lifelong and continuous (Nucci, 2002).

There are so many people with different values and ethical standards. People's ethics and values are instilled by ones culture, background, and environment. In my family culture is very important to our upbringing. The concepts of family unity, honesty, and education were instilled at an early age.

Large family get-togethers on an average weekend, or an annual family reunion has always been apart of my life.

Family unity regardless of how bad a situation was for a family member has always brought us closer together and makes our bond stronger. In my opinion, family unity is watching a child grow from infancy to adulthood, and guiding them with good values. A good family unit comes from communication.

As a child family was just important to me and I always had plenty of aunts, uncles, and even my sister, to guide me through any situation that came along good or bad. As a teenager, I developed a greater appreciation for family unity because of the good they were doing to help other families achieve a better life. The value of honesty is the backbone of a person's word. Throughout my life, my father always stressed the value of honesty and its...