Passing on your values doesn't have to be at special times. While we're 'doing life' is as good as anything. Reading a story and reflecting on the content. "What would you do if you'd been Sam?"
"Tell me what you think Sally was feeling when she spoke like that?" Use the story content to pass on your values by encouraging your child to speak out their thoughts. Keep asking questions rather than passing judgement.
Another 'life time' is when you're in the car. Using questions, without interrogation, can be helpful way to get a picture into your child's thoughts. "Why do you think your friend said that?" "What could you do if that happened again?" Rather than hooking up the DVD player or passing over the tablet, use car time to converse.
You'll be pleased you've made this a habit as your children get older. A car is a wonderful place to chat - you're not looking eye to eye and for the most part, your older primary or teen can't get away!
meal times are fantastic occasions to speak truth into your child's esteem. Have each person tell one thing they love about the other around the table. You'll find sibling rivalry reduces the more you undertake this reinforcement of 'you are loved for who you are'.
Staging special times for values is important too. Birthdays can be a chance to celebrate the child's character development. "You're becoming such a generous person. We've noticed this year how you share with your sister".
In ancient times, God asked the people to remember important events and create a memorial. This ensured that as the generations passed, the story relating to that occasion was retold. In a similar way we use Easter and Christmas, Thanksgiving, ANZAC and Independence Day. Photo albums, whether in a book or on a tablet, can be modern day memorials. Link the occasions to what you remember of the people involved. "You were incredibly patient that day as we waited for the parade. I love how patient you are".
What motivates your values? how do you measure them? Take time out to think about your values and how you'll pass them on to your children.