Asking your parents/family – what does your family value the most?

Dear all,

Next week in 5W our class will be listening to a variety of podcasts about what is most important to various people. We will be using a great website called “This I Believe”. For example, we may start with Howard White’s essay/podcast on “The Power of Saying Hello.” Next week, we shall write our own essays and make our own podcasts.

Essay writing suggestions

For now, 5W students would like to interview YOU – parents and family of 5W students. We would like to know … well, what would we like to know?! Why not check the comment boxes below to see what your child wants to ask you? Thank you so much for your help.

19 thoughts on “Asking your parents/family – what does your family value the most?

  1. Dear Mom, and Dad,

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. Mom, What do you think is the most important thing do our family or myself needs?
    2. Dad, What do you think is the most important thing do you think our family or myself needs?
    3. What is the most important thing in our family?
    4. What do you want me to always have in my life?
    5. What is important to us (our family)?

    Thank you!

  2. Dear Mum, Dad, Grandad, Grandma, Older Brother, little Sister etc

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What is really important to you?
    2. If you only can have 2 or 3 answers to answer, what is it?
    3. what do you think it is really important to our family?

  3. Dear Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Grandad, Grandma, Older Brothers

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What was important to your family when you were my age?
    2. Has your opinion changed on what’s most important?
    3. If you could have 2 things that you think are most important to our family what would the be?

  4. Dear Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Grandad, Grandma, Older Brother, Older Sister etc

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What is the most important thing in your family right now?
    2. What is important in your old family?
    3. Why is it important?

  5. Dear Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Grandad, Grandma, Older Brother, Older Sister etc

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What is important in our family?
    2. What was important to your family when you were my age?
    3. Are good grades important in our Family or only being happy?

  6. ear Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Grandad, Grandma, Older Brother, Older Sister etc

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1.What is most important for my to be for you?
    2.How did your parents treat you?
    3.Have you treated me different than your parents treated you?

  7. Dear Family,

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What kind of people did your parent’s want you to be when you were growing up?
    2. Where did you grow up and did that affect you in the future? How?
    3. What quality in the Learner Profile was important for your children to have?

    • Hi Maia –

      What kind of people did your parent’s want you to be when you were growing up?

      What I remember the most clearly from growing up with Nana and Papa was that they set a very strong example for me and my brothers (your uncles) about honesty(telling the truth), integrity (doing the right thing), forgiving others when they hurt you and apologizing when you have hurt others, and working hard whether it be in school or doing work that needs to be done at home. They set a very high standard because they lived the way they expected us to live. They were (and are) very strong role models. Maybe you should ask them these questions too?

      Where did you grow up and did that affect you in the future? How?

      As you know I grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana in the US. West Lafayette being a University town (Purdue University) it was a small capsule of many different cultures with students and teachers from all over the world. Also, West Lafayette is a very peaceful town in the midwest with lots of opportunities to play and grow. You know from having spent a lot of time there that people live life a little bit slower, and care a lot about their neighbors. This environment I think helped me grow up with those types of values. I didn’t realize that these values can be somewhat rare in the world of business or in big cities but I try to live according to the way I was raised even if those in the world are not always that way. I think it is important to keep your values regardless of who is in front of you or around you.

      What quality in the Learner Profile was important for your children to have?
      I think four very important items within the learner profile are: “Thinkers” “Principled” “ Risk Takers” and “Caring” although the balance of all the values is important. I particularly have found that the ability to think critically is crucial. In your life Maia you will find many times when people make certain decision based on assumptions, emotional reasons, political reasons etc. Being able to think critically about “what is really true and proper” is an unfortunately rare capability. It means that you have to be able to admit that you might be wrong, or that someone “more important” than you might be wrong. My advice is to always follow truth because in the end truth always wins, although it can take a long time sometimes. This has made all the difference in my life.

      I hope this was helpful to you and thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts. I do think it would be interesting to have Nana and Papa do this too. What do you think?

      Dad

  8. Dear Mom and Dad,
    What do you think we value as a family for us to be better people?
    I think we value individual interests and that we need to follow them.
    Is there another thing you think fits?
    Please tell.
    Luca

  9. Dear Mom and Dad
    If we had the top 5 most important things in our family what would it be? I need to make an essay next week if you can help me get started I’d like to ask a few questions
    1. What is the top 1?
    2. Why is it this?
    3. Where did you get it from?

  10. Dear Mom and Dad,

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What has our family believed in for the longest?
    2. What do we believe in currently?
    3. What do you think makes our family, us?

  11. Dear Mum and Dad

    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What was important to you when you were a child?
    2. What is important to you now?
    3. What do want me to think is important?

  12. Dear Mom, Dad, Yopapa, Gratin, Lisa

    If we had to name a few big things that our family values most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast of which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help me get started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. Do we believe in any religion fully?
    2. What do you value most in me?
    3. What culture are we in?

    Thank you!

  13. Dear Family
    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:
    1. What is the most important to you?
    2.Why is this important to you?
    3.What was important for your family?

  14. Dear Mum, Dad
    If we had to name a few BIG things that our family values the most, what do you think they might be? I need to write an essay next week and make a podcast from it which I’ll post on this blog and upload to Seesaw. To help get me started, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. What is important to you the most?
    2. What does our family value the most?
    3. If you have 2 or 3 choices what would your values be?

  15. My parents’ answer:
    1. No, we don’t. Although we do go to Buddhist temples for funerals. My great grandmother is Christian (I said ‘is’ because she is alive and 108 yrs old) so the closest religion, gene-wise is Christian.
    2. They value happiness in me most but thinks that happiness comes from hard work.
    3. Mixed cultural background.

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