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Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day Paperback – August 29, 2014
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"Skip the elaborate birthday party with a petting zoo or laser tag. If you really want to show your kids that you love them, read Little Things Long Remembered. Susan Newman lists lots of little things that make your kids feel special every day of the year." - Jen Singer, author of You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad Either)
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"Little Things... promises--and delivers--a treasure chest of ideas to build cherished memories and strong family connections. Keep this book close by." --Judy Blume
"Newman's tips for making grand family memories are so easy to implement that every parent will want to grab a few to try right away." --Susan K. Perry, PhD, author of Playing Smart and Kylie's Heel
"... a goldmine of wise and easily accessible ways to create a close, connected childhood, full of rituals that shape enduring childhood memories..." --Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age
Social psychologist, Susan Newman, PhD, is the author of many books about family life and a contributor to Psychology Today.
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Paperback : 148 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0991466004
- ISBN-13 : 978-0991466009
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.32 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Iron Gate Press (August 29, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I purchased a 1993 hardcopy of “Little Things Long Remembered”, many years ago, and it is a beautifully put together book. The jacket on the book is inviting, beckoning to be picked up and paged through. It is a delightful read, and creatively put together. The pages contain a design at the top of almost every page, and there are adorable sketches throughout. The 2014 Paperback Edition is mundane in comparison.
I purchased four copies of the 2014 book in paperback (there is no 2014 edition in hardback), to give as baby shower gifts, but I now regret my decision to purchase them. At the baby showers held her in the Midwest, each gift is passed around for viewing. At a shower this weekend, the 2014 book was basically lost in the shuffle, and will probably be placed upon a shelf. Had I purchased the 1993 Hardback, it would have been looked at, discussed, and the new parents would probably put it on the coffee table in their living room, to look at, enjoy, and glean ideas from. I sadly fear, that since the 2014 paperback is so ordinary in appearance, that it will easily be cast aside, instead of being utilized and read with anticipation. I understand it is cheaper to bind and sell paperback books, but I really think doing so with “Little Things Long Remembered”, was an injustice to Susan Newman, the author, and to all of the parents who might otherwise have benefited from reading the book.
The reason I did not search diligently to purchase four copies of the 1993 hardcopy book, is because the 2014 edition is geared for the more modern life. I think it was a mistake to purchase the 2013 copies. If I could trade in my remaining three 2014 editions for three 1993, I would gladly give those as gifts instead. I strongly recommend the book be re-published as a hardback.
I think this book would be really helpful to parents who didn't have much time to spend with their children. But, for a stay at home parent or a homeschooling parent, it is essentially useless in my opinion.
Most of the things that would be appropriate for a full time parent are things that a stay at home parent is probably already doing [common sense stuff]. The rest is not geared for those who stay home with their children. [for example, the tip to "write a letter to your child's teacher on the first day of school and let them know you want to be involved even though you are a working parent".]
So, personally, as a stay at home mother, I was dissappointed. I feel like I spent money on a book full of stuff that either doesn't apply to our situation or is stuff that I already DO intuitively with my children.
Now more than ever, I am cherishing the memories that I have made with my children. I can see the sparkle in their eye when they remember the fun things we did, or maybe just the ordinary rituals. If I had this book while they were growing up, it would have made it so much easier to make even more special memories.
I was a stay-at-home mom and so felt like I had all the time in the world to make my children feel special, but sometimes moms get in a rut and don't always appreciate their children. This is a great reminder that you can use every single day to help remind your children how very special they are. Even though my children are older, I have still found many helpful suggestions in this book to make them feel special and to help them have wonderful memories of growing up. I would highly recommend this book to every single parent out there who still has children at home, and maybe to all grandparents as well. Children grow up in the blink of an eye, and finding ways to make sure they know that they are special and loved is the most important thing we can do.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.