The words we use for ourselves and for our children have the power to create or destroy their souls. I’m not talking about “everyone gets a participation trophy” stuff here, I mean the deep down you-matter-as-a-person stuff. There are enough destructive influences in the world. I feel it so important that we follow the example of Mr. Rogers and fill our children with as much love and goodness as possible.
In addition to reinforcing our own children’s self-worth, I think it’s important that we teach them how to do the same for others. We need to teach our children to make room for everyone, and to speak kindness and optimism.
Under the Big Umbrella is the tenth album by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. All those messages of positivity and inclusivity I mentioned above, and more, are presented here with lively melodies and upbeat rhythms. Many of the songs were written in collaboration with schoolchildren and families, others are covers from such greats as The Beatles, Diana Ross, Woody Guthrie, and more. Each song presents a different message within the same theme. Each song sings of love and kindness and self worth. These are the messages we all want our children to internalize and put into practice.
Pick up a copy of this album today, and start adding more drops to fill the buckets of those you love.