My wife and I started looking at schools yesterday for our daughter who will be attending Kindergarten next year. My father-in-law joined us and we ended up going on a tour of a local K-12 non-denomination affiliated Christian private school. During the meeting and tour with the elementary principal it became ever more clear how important it is to be very clear on what you and your family believe and the importance to help your children, if you have any, know what they believe and why they believe it. My wife stressed the importance of developing critical thinking skills so that you and your children are able to know why and what you believe. Not because it is what your parents believe, or what your teachers growing up believed. So here's a question...Could you stand up right now in front of a group of people and state this what I believe, this is why I believe it, any questions? And then be able to field any and every question of what and why you believe. If not It might be time to figure out what you believe and what you value. I just ordered a book Robert Lewis: "Real Family Values: Leading Your Family into the 21st Century with Clarity & Conviction" to help me lead my family on what we value as a family. I'm looking forward to reading this book and discussing with my wife what we value as a family, what I believe and understanding what she believes, and how to create critical thinking skills in our children. What do you believe, what do you value, and what will you do today or this week to move towards understanding your beliefs and values? It's one step in the right direction of modeling the way.