What are Values?
A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based. Happiness can be considered a principle value. The question is then asked, "How is happiness obtained?" The answers are varied, but through teaching our children right from wrong, we are instilling in them values which lead to happiness. The values that lead to happiness as listed in Linda and Richard Eyre's book "Teaching Your Children Values," are honesty, courage, peaceability, self-reliance and potential, self-discipline and moderation, fidelity and chastity, loyalty and dependability, respect, love, unselfishness and sensitivity, kindness and friendliness and justice and mercy.

We are Central in the Development of Values
Morris Massey, a sociologist and past professor at the University of Colorado, has described three major periods during which values are developed:

1. The Imprint Period. Up to the age of seven, we are like sponges, absorbing everything around us and accepting much of it as true, especially when it comes from our parents. The critical thing here is to learn a sense of right and wrong, good and bad.
2. The Modeling Period. Between the ages of eight and thirteen, we copy people, often our parents, but also other people. Rather than blind acceptance, we are trying on things like suit of clothes, to see how they feel. We may be much impressed with religion or our teachers.
3. The Socialization Period. Between 13 and 21, we are very largely influenced by our peers. As we develop as individuals and look for ways to get away from the earlier programming, we naturally turn to people who seem more like us. Other influences at these ages include the media, especially those parts which seem to resonate with the values of our peer groups.