Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Child Feel Special Every Day by Susan Newman (With Giveaway!!!)

About the Book:

As digital devices take over family life in subtle and seductive ways, what will happen to child development and family bonding when children spend more time with screens than they do at school or with their parents?

Life swirls at a hectic pace in most families today. That reality places a high premium on finding family time. Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day, is updated for today's digitally driven and time-strapped families, offering hundreds of easy ways to create treasured childhood rituals that your children will look back on fondly.

The book hinges on 10 Cardinal Rules designed to help parents let go of work or social obligations and commit to spending time with their children. Rules include:

At home, focus as much as possible on your kids.
Put away electronic devices so you can really ‘be’ with them
Choose activities you like; children can tell when you are not having fun and are ‘faking it.’

Little Things Long Remembered is designed to help maximize parents and children’s available time. Slow down to grab pockets of time—even a few minutes here and there.

Establishing Ties (gestures that take seconds or a minute or two to strengthen parent-child bonds)
Five Minutes More or Less
Half and Hour to an Hour or So
Weekend Fun
Special Circumstances — When You Travel
Special Circumstances — Sick Days
Special Days — Happy Holidays
Special Days — Memorable Birthdays

Readers are encouraged to pick and choose to match their needs and their children’s ages and personalities. The time you spend with children and what readers choose to embrace from within these pages will become as memorable and meaningful to parents as they will be to children.

My Thoughts:

I like this book! It doesn't focus on BIG things, but instead offers lots of little things that would be easy(ish) to incorporate into our days, and make more special moments. I always hope that my boys are tucking away special, happy memories to think about, but I like the "tradition" value of many of the suggestions in here. Just to give you an idea, there's a suggestion to hide gifts around the house on a child's birthday. I'd never thought of doing that, but I like it. How could that not make special memories?! I like the idea of making/buying little stocking stuffer type gifts or treats to hide.

This book is divided into different sections, like holidays and weekend fun. There's even a section for sick days. Grasshopper and Firefly are suffering through flu right now(even with a vaccination!), so there's been lots of couch time and Christmas movies. Of course, there are some things suggested that won't apply to you/me right now, if ever. These little suggestions are set up so that it's easy to pick and choose the ones that fit our current lifestyles. There's some that we already do, but I'm excited to try many of the others.

This is a sweet book! If you're like me, you can get easily overwhelmed browsing Pinterest for ideas. This book is a great, *simple* way to get more ideas to make special memories with your little ones.

*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Purchase Link:

Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day

(The kindle version is only $1.99!)

About the Author:

Susan Newman, a social psychologist, specializes in child development and family dynamics and has been named one of the 100 Top Psychologists to Follow on Twitter as well as one of 25 Parenting Educators to follow. She has been blogging for Psychology Today magazine about parenting and issues related to raising children for over six years: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/singletons.

She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, and her work has been feature on NPR and major leading newspapers and magazines.

Connect with Susan: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter


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