Family Reunion/Trip Theme Song

Family Theme SongOk, friends, first of all I have to say each family song we have come up with has been spontaneous and unplanned.  I have written before about our family theme song here.  While we were on our ski trip/family reunion song emerged.  Since I’m not a regular Country Music fan I had not heard this song before.  My Sister’s Boyfriend’s Son, Michael, began to randomly sing it throughout our week together.  I think most of my extended family did already know it because they would chime in and sing with Michael.  By the end of the week we all knew the chorus to the song.  It always brought lots of giggles.

What I LOVE about having a family theme song is how it brings unity.  Not only that, whenever we hear the song, it will bring back LOTS of fun memories of our time together.

The following is a horrible video I shot with my iPhone because it was handy.  Mainly I wanted to share it for the sake of the audio recording.  Please forgive my awful videography skills and we are not professional singers…at least most of us aren’t {my Dad has recorded an album in the past.}  Hope it might make you laugh; it does me every time I hear it. 😉

Sing on,

Family Theme Song

I’m not quite sure how this tradition began, but I am so glad it did.

Whenever someone in our family does something good, something that requires praise, something I want them to do again, we sing part of a song to them.

“You’re simply the best, better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.”

At first, the kids thought we were a little weird.  It was funny.  However now, the middle child will begin to ‘shout’ along instead of singing.  The oldest rolls her eyes and the youngest will sing along.  It is adorable to hear my youngest {7} sing it.  My children had never heard this Tina Turner {1989} song before.  I think they thought we {my husband & I} made it up for a long time until I played the song for them one day.

Now, if my husband or I begin the song, “You’re simply the best…”   My youngest will chime in singing, “better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I ever met.”  I love it!  I’m pretty sure we haven’t done it in front of anyone else {public}.  It’s a family thing.  However, it has brought joy and unity to our family.

I have discovered how important it is to recognize your children and your husband doing something you have asked them to do or value. Sometimes it’s as simple as seeing them washing the dishes or putting their clean clothes away.  Other times it can be seeing them live a principle we value in our family.  As parents & spouses, if we don’t let them know we appreciate them and are grateful for the good things they do, then how will they know?  Besides, it encourages them to do it again and again.  Isn’t that what our ultimate goal is…for them to repeat the good behavior?

Okay,  I know I don’t own the rights to our family having The Best as our theme song.  I don’t need to give you permission to use it if you would like.

However, I want to challenge you to find

your own family theme song you can use in this way.

I know there are MANY songs that would be appropriate to use.  Maybe there is already one that comes to mind as you read this.

Come back and SHARE your song and experiences with me, please.

I would LOVE to hear how your family reacted to you the first time you did it.

Honestly, the younger the children are, the better the reception.  You don’t have to be a good singer either {my husband will be the first one to tell you he can’t hold a tune, I didn’t marry him for his singing abilities 😉 }.  What your family will remember, years to come, is the consistency of you sharing your praise with them.

If you decide to blog about your experience, please link back to this post.  Thank you 😉

Sing On,