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Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
As parents, our days with little children are often a montage of routine tasks. We cook meals, wash laundry, go to work and chauffeur our kids to their various activities. If we aren’t careful, the days slip into months, and before we know it, eighteen years have passed. No parent plans to be boring or mundane. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite. We want the best for our families, but making those good things that we dream into reality takes more than good intentions.
Finding endless hours to spend doing memorable activities with our kids may be a challenge. However, in her book, Little Things Long Remembered, Susan Newman encourages us to make use of those little snippets of time that are often wasted. Most of these activities are 5-30 minutes long and are easily accomplished with a little planning or a decision to be intentional. The activities range from really simple things like making sure you hug your little ones all the way up to fun ways to make birthdays and holidays special.
As a homeschooling mom, I am with my kids 24/7. One would think that equals a lot of quality time. But, I have found that often times, my mind goes blank when trying to think of something to do. I love that this little book of ideas has simple things that require no planning as well as activities that can easily be done with just a little bit of forethought.
I did wish that the book was organized a little more specifically so I can find exactly what I’m looking for. Rather than have all the holidays clumped together, it would be great to have each holiday separately in the table of contents. It would also be helpful to have the activities broken out by age…preschool, elementary school, middle school etc. The way it is formatted with only a few chapters makes it hard to go back and find ideas that you may have read about earlier but want to use at a later date. All in all, I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents who are trying to intentionally make memories with their families.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided by Iron Gate Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.