The main goal of my website is to share ideas of activities that grandparents (grandmothers in particular) and grandchildren could do together that would strengthen their relationship. I explain it on my About Me page.
So when I was asked if I would be willing to write a review for the book Little Things Long Remembered by Susan Newman I was willing.
Very willing indeed!
The premise behind the book is that parents shouldn’t underestimate the power of doing small, simple things with their children — even if those activities seem commonplace and unexciting. Over time, they become extraordinary and help to build a strong bond between parents and children.
Before I tell you about this book, lemme tell you about a tradition that I started with our children. It’s called Lewis Day. That was the day of our anniversary — or the birth day of our little family unit. Throughout the day, we celebrated all of the major holidays. (My favorite was going trick or treating in reverse. We made Valentine sugar cookies and delivered them to friends with a little poem that explained what we were doing…)
Not too long ago, our youngest son shared his memories with his wife — and had fun reminiscing about the good times we had.
Little Things Long Remembered is chock full of ideas of small, little things that parents could easily do. Activities that don’t take much time and are mostly inexpensive. Activities that build family bonds and strengthen family relations. After all, family is what it is all about.
Here are a few ideas from the book:
- Have a special gesture that means I love you. (My in-laws put three fingers on their cheek with each finger representing the words I Love You.)
- Have a word or fact of the day. (I did this and even our children’s friends and our adult friends enjoyed this!)
- Create a special bookmark together to mark your place for your nightly reading together.
- Play board games leaving them set up for the next round of play
- Work on a joint collection (stamps, coins, butterflies, etc.).
- Volunteer for a good cause.
- Do community service such as working at a soup kitchen.
- Give a child a small amount of money and then go to a thrift store or flea market to find a treasure.
- When making lasting changes to your property (creating a walkway, planting shrubs) have your children participate. (Our daughter helped my husband re-shingle our home and to this day she speaks fondly of that activity!)
- Build gingerbread houses together.(Making gingerbread houses at Christmas time was one of our family’s traditions.)
- Create a “History for the Future” box. (I’ve created a time capsule and we will open it up at the end of this year. I can’t wait!)
The ideas in this book are easier for parents to do. However, with a little bit of tweaking, grandmas can use many of the ideas for activities to do with their grandchildren.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for my review. It did not in any way influence my opinion of it. I did not receive any remuneration for writing my review.