Our core values guide our operations and programs, and inform our approaches, and are aligned with a commitment to justice, equity, belonging, and access (we introduce the acronym, JEBA with the thinking that belonging deepens both, inclusivity and diversity). We encourage families to discuss how our core values may enhance their awareness of each other’s needs and personal growth.
People thrive when living free from other people’s intrusions into their personal lives, relationships, and personal information. We also recognize that privacy is a key factor in children’s healthy and safe development, and must be protected, and negotiated, by their parents or guardians.
We all have an ethical duty to not share another person’s private information without that person’s voluntary and informed consent. Sharing such information may cause harm to an individual, his/her/their family, and community, as well as to our society in general.
John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” People enjoy belonging to a community for emotional and physical wellbeing, to ensure access to food, education, work, transportation, and a variety of services, and this can only be achieved through our interdependence upon one another. Inclusivity is not only good for people who have been easily and historically left out – it is good for us all. We strive for a society that embraces holism and pluralism. As such, Family Spirals® is nonpartisan and nonsectarian.
We also recognize that familial relationships are often formed with other animals at home and in the world, and we include their autonomy and wellbeing in our discussions and programs.
We support a high quality of life, consisting of such things as safety from physical and psychological harm, body acceptance and neutrality, high-degrees of autonomy, and resilience. Subsequently, we support families and other social systems in meeting individual needs and aspirations.
How does one interact with others when no one is watching (or when accepted policies and institutions are unfair)? Kindness, honesty, and patience govern our actions and drives our struggles for justice, which can only be achieved when our words are aligned with our actions.
Learning requires self-reflection if we are to become aware of our personal, cultural, and institutional biases. Self-awareness enables us to understand how our thinking is shaped by our (sub)culture, teachers, and experiences. In this effort, we can help each other, as we embrace the African proverb that emerged during slavery in the U.S.: “each one teach one.”
updated May 10, 2022