Growing up and throughout my motherhood, as I have learned about even more parenting styles, life choices, and world views beyond my own, I have sworn to myself to teach my son the same view I have tried to live with my whole life.
One with open eyes, to see many different things, see people live many different ways and to understand that they have the right to choose their life, even if it vastly different. Tolerance for other choices and lifestyles and giving others a chance to live without my judging them based on my small experiences with them, and hoping they do the same thing for me.
Love and compassion for others is important to me, just as is politeness, respect and gratefulness.
When I saw the description about Charity and the Jam Band’s new album I knew it would be a perfect for me and my family.
‘Family Values’ is an album for any family that wants to instill love, sweetness, nature, thankfulness and kindness for others in their family, community, and of the world.
It’s great for the preschool and elementary set, with the sweet reminders and gentle lessons, but adults will also love the deepness of the meaning behind the songs and the core values preached.
As a parent, my favorite song on the album is “Grateful”. I’m always trying to count by blessing in my mostly happy life and trying to instill that practice in my 3-year-old son. It would be well-suited on the playlist for a family Thanksgiving this year.(Actually, most of the album would be perfect on that playlist, hint.)
The title song “Family Values” points out everyone is different and has their own values and truths.
“Lemonade” has all the storytelling and varied emotions of a rock opera, telling the story of a land where lemon trees and sugar cane grew and everyone was happy. And who doesn’t love fresh lemonade? Exactly the point.
And “Green Beans Everywhere” is an even better lesson for children who fight vegetables-instead of sulking about eating them and hearing how good they are, being reminded that some children don’t get a chance to eat heathy foods for their growing bodies.
This is also a sweet idea- choreography for one of their sweetest songs, “Lovingkindness”.
The song reminds me of of a blessing and could be a good morning mantra or song for the morning routine for children to start their day in a loving way.
There is also a link to download “Lovingkindness” for free below the video.
“Family Values” is releasing November 1st. It can be preordered here and will be available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.
Charity and the Jam Band also host birthday parties, concerts, classes and camps in the San Fransisco area.
I was given a copy of the album to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.