Author: Susan Newman
Publisher: Random House/Crown
Publishing Date: 1993
“Little Things Long Remembered,” updated for today’s time-strapped families, offers hundreds of ways to create treasured childhood rituals. Chock full of thoughtful and loving ideas that mean a lot—especially to children.
Chapters are divided into convenient timeframes: Gestures to strengthen family ties that take seconds, activities when you have five minutes, half an hour, or the entire weekend. Plus special circumstance suggestions for when your child is not feeling well or when you travel, for birthdays, major and minor holidays--including a set of Cardinal Rules to insure whatever you do is fun, builds character and celebrates your family.
Small parcels of time well spent shape long-lasting memories that are the backbone of family unity...and the glue that holds families together. Every single day offers fertile ground for creating positive recollections. Dig in to find “little things” that will inspire loving remembrances of growing up...and of you.
“Little Things...” is the perfect new baby, Mother or Father’s Day, or any day gift for parents and grandparents.
Purpose of the book:
"The book sold...and sold at a stead pace for nearly 20 years! With so many changes in society and technology taking place during those years, it became clear to me that it was no time to update the book. The intent of this new edition remains the same: to be a collection of reference points for parents that enable them to create a backlog of heartwarming memories with their children and have fun while doing so. Whether you are a stay-at-home or a working parent, the suggestions in these pages will help keep you connected to your children and will contribute to building a strong, loving family." (1)
I'm not yet a parent, but considering the culture we live in, as well as how ridiculously busy we all are, books like this are important in reminding people to spend one-on-one time with their children and families, for it has been proven time and time again that very little substitutes for a parent's affection. I have to admit that while I liked some ideas in the book, especially on how short the book is, I do wish that when it came to holiday traditions more ideas would have been fleshed out, especially for people who don't celebrate christmas, and some of the suggested things will be similar to a version of "duh" for adults. Also, the book doesn't have a glossary but is instead divided at least into ten sections with multiple suggestions for each, and it can make it hard to look up a favorite idea or suggestion.
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)