According to recent statistics reported by the US Census Bureau, 69% of children under the age of 18 in the United States live in families with two parents. However, according to new research reported by the New York Post, American families spend a mere 37 minutes of quality time together per day. In today’s age, now more than ever, it’s essential for a family to build a foundation of strong values to help shape and guide them through both the good and the bad times.

Glendalyn Fodra, a devoted wife and mother of Filipino descent, understands the vital role family plays in her success both as an active member in her community as well as her profession as a physical therapist. Mrs. Fodra believes that families, like any organization or team, operate like well-oiled machines when their members harmonize and rely upon specific values that create a healthy dynamic.


First and foremost, it’s essential for family members to work together to establish their family values. More than likely, this is spearheaded by the parents; however, children should be encouraged to communicate their thoughts and ideas. It’s important for kids to feel their voices are not just being heard but acknowledged as well.

While some families utilize their religion as the core of their values and bridge out from there, the internet also offers a surplus of information that may prove useful. Regardless of their origin, church, work or even school, family members should make a list of possible values and discuss them as a group. Weigh the pros and cons of each item, and even role play to determine how this could affect everyone’s actions in real life.


Foremost, family values set the stage for a healthy channel of communication within the family. If each member understands the foundation of their family, then they are more likely to be transparent with one another. This attitude will also improve conflict resolution amongst members as well as help the family work through any external problems that may be affecting the family dynamic.

Cemented family values also help guide family behavior. For example, if members understand that spending quality time with one another is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship, it will be easier for everyone to set aside their smartphones for more than 37 minutes and enjoy one another’s companionship.


Family values, when adhered to properly, offer several additional benefits which all contribute to a thriving micro-community. After all, apart from work or school, a family is probably the number one influencer in a person’s life.

About Glendalyn Fodra:

Glendalyn Fodra is a physical therapist, loving mother, and caring wife who enjoys helping others and spending quality time with friends and family. She is known for her leadership and strong work ethics, but she devotes all of her free time to caring for her family and socializing with other Filipino families in Tennessee.


  • Tammy Campbell is a freelance journalist, entrepreneur, avid blogger, and writing consultant. For the last decade, Mrs. Campbell has built her repertoire as an exceptional business writer, with national and international online and print publications. She has a particular interest in entrepreneurs, startups and their ability to positively shape and influence the world. Tammy Campbell currently resides in Denver, Colorado where she enjoys hiking with her friends, family and two dogs.