When I wrote the Best Buddies song ”BE A TEAM BUDDY”, it was out of 2 basically SELFISH MOTIVES! Lol!
First, I envisioned my children working together peacefully and being capable of figuring out some challenges, TOGETHER & ON THEIR OWN! Haha! That can sound impossible in some seasons… but have patience, it will happen!
Secondly, I JUST WANTED THEM TO STOP MAKING MESSES & CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES! And all the parents cried, “Let it be!”
Sometimes, it’s great to just make life ABOUT YOU! Right?? I don’t know why this silly mood has taken over, but read on… there’s a life-changing principle here for our families!
Thus, the lyrics:
BE A TEAM BUDDY!
DON’T MAKE A MESS!
YOU’RE PART OF THE FAMILY
GOTTA THINK OF THE REST!
BE A “SERVANT CHILD”
TAKE TIME TO HELP ONE ANOTHER!
YOU CAN SHOW YOUR LOVE
WHEN YOU SERVE YOUR BROTHER!
But, it’s the verses… not sung but rapped that will bless you the most!! Actually, it is lyrical BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION for your messy “wrecking crew”! ENJOY:
If you can open a drawer, you can close it!
And if you open the door, then just shut it!
If you make a mess, clean it up
If you get it down, put it back up
If you take it out, bring it in
If little brother gets it out, put it back again
(AND YOU’RE REALLY GOING TO LOVE VERSES 2 & 3!)
Do you leave a trail wherever you go?
Like a messy baby, like a Sloppy Joe!
Can you find what you need,
or do you lose everything?
Do your friends cry when you borrow their things?
Show some consideration by your cooperation
You reap what you sow
If you’re sloppy and lazy, oh no!!!
If you get it out, put it up
If you get a drink, rinse out your cup
When you take something apart,
put it back together
If you make s mess, clean it up!
This is God’s way to live
Don’t be selfish, learn to give
You can make things smooth,
Or make things rough
But your friends will soon say,
“WE’VE HAD ENOUGH”!
YAY! I would say that is “breaking it down” for our children who have developed an aversion to cleaning up after themselves!! Children have to be taught to be aware of their actions & responsibilities. THE SOONER AND MORE EFFECTIVELY YOU COACH YOUR LITTLE ONES IN THIS AREA, THE BETTER IT IS FOR EVERYONE!!
Good news! The video of this song (on Best Buddies Video #2, “Sorry I’m Allergic toGriping”) actually show the kids illustrating how to do these “fetes of teamwork”?
You’re probably thinking these ideas aren’t so “revolutionary “ for your little ones (or kids of any age!) Haven’t we nagged them 24-7 to pick up their toys & clothes, and to keep things orderly? Of course, you have!! Good job! Just know, it’s a challenge for every family!
But the question is simple: SO WHY NOT PLAY A SONG ( like “Be A Team Buddy”) THROUGHOUT THE DAY THAT UNIQUELY DOWNLOADS A NEW AND REAL AWARENESS OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY? It’s a no-brainer, right!? Smart parents take any help they can get!
All humor aside: Best Buddies Music is a very real and effective SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR FAMILIES!
These songs SAY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING to your kids in a fun, memorable and effective way. In other words, they are reinforcing your family’s most basic and fundamental core values
These songs have very purposed-filled, focused lyrics which bring a FAMILY GROUP AWARENESS OF ISSUES that affect their attitudes, values and relationships.
Singing these truths over and over during their childhood will BRAND THEIR MEMORIES & PERSPECTIVES with phrases, that will speak positive, life-giving messages to them throughout their lives.
These songs and videos CREATE LASTING VISUALS of what these principles look like on a daily basis. They “break it down” to a level that even a child can understand and apply.
Last but definitely not least, these songs help CREATE YOUR FAMILY CULTURE!
Parenting entails so many areas, including personality, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual development. Wow! Big job, dad, mom & grandparents! As I look back on raising our 7 children, I see “gaps”and mistakes I made that maybe you can learn from.
For this blog today, let me focus on this thought: GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A TEAM BUDDY MENTALITY THAT BEGINS AT HOME. TEACH THEM TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR KEEPING THINGS ORDERLY & BEING CONSIDERATE OF ONE ANOTHER! You are building a great family culture, your children will thank you for someday!
May our children take pride and strength in knowing their family members are their best friends, their greatest cheerleaders, and their most loyal and enthusiastic buddies! SEE IT! BELIEVE IT! And NEVER GIVE UP!
Your kids can become TEAM BUDDIES! Just let me say it again...❤️
NEVER GIVE UP!