Growing up in a traditional cowboy family, there were certain values that were absolutely KNOWN. “Integrity” – you do things the way you know they are supposed to be done. Family simply comes first.  You be there when your family needs you, regardless if the last time you saw them you were fighting tooth and nail, you stood beside them. You had their back. “Service” – my mother and father were founding members of the Sanders County Search and Rescue as well as their first volunteer ambulance service. You didn’t pass by a person with a flat tire without offering a hand.

As an example of my parent’s values and mentality, a family showed up at the family ranch one day mid-summer when I was 10 years old.  They arrived in their old pick-up truck with a camper. They were lost and only about 150 miles away from their intended destination.  My father gave them directions, but they stayed a week. They felt right at home and camped in our yard. Similar to this mentality, my parents would never lock the door to the house for fear someone would show up and need something to eat when they were not home. They didn’t want a locked door to stand in the way.

Values are something most of us do not spend much time evaluating. Most married families do not discuss their family value framework. The family value framework is the foundation of rules, boundaries and expectations for our family. If we as parents don’t understand the foundation of the expectations we are setting for our children, how will they understand?  When you attend a Real Change Group workshop we assist you in establishing and evaluating your family’s value framework. 

Come see us in El Dorado Hills, California and Spokane, Washington in May. We promise, you will be glad you did.

– Mike

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