wow, i’m surprised by the varied responses to the poster… attacks on his motives, quotes from books and movies, and even a url link to wikipedia… he just asked a simple question, “What does Family Values mean to you?”
So, i’ll try to answer, for me…
Family Values, means I value my Family above other competing societal values, like fame, wealth, materialism, career, politics, entertainment, and self mastery.
It means I make decisions that sometimes may sacrifice my successes in other competing areas, in order for the success and well being of my family.
For instance, I sacrifice my advances in my career, by not working overtime so that I can spend time with my kids. I often decline social invitations so that I can hang at home with my family or go out to have fun together as a family. I don’t participate in discussions on the latest Hollywood “hottie” out of respect for my husband. I choose vacations to locations with activities involving all family members (as opposed to vacations with built in daycare facilities). We pray together, and go to Church together. I don’t always buy the latest most expensive clothes for me, so that I can afford nice clothes for the whole family.
AND, most importantly, it means I don’t mind doing these things, they are not really sacrifices, but rather positive choices, that I am happy and proud about, because I honestly value my family, and enjoy spending time with them, and enjoy making them happy.