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“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 “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.


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“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 “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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Wagner

    I love this book! it's perfect to find little things to do with our 3 kids. we have been adding new things to our routine every day! I won this in a giveaway posted by the author and it's the most wonderful thing I've won in a long time! I love this book! it's perfect to find little things to do with our 3 kids. we have been adding new things to our routine every day! I won this in a giveaway posted by the author and it's the most wonderful thing I've won in a long time!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna Nesterovich

    On the one hand, as it is mentioned in one of the reviews, it is common sense parenting, yes. But on the other hand, it's a very good book that made me feel better. The book is not just a collection of ideas, what to do with a child. It is a reassurance that, though I have to work long hours and often absent, I still can make my family feel treasured. I love my work, but often feel guilty of not being a stay-home mom and not spending all my time with my little son. I think that that reassurance On the one hand, as it is mentioned in one of the reviews, it is common sense parenting, yes. But on the other hand, it's a very good book that made me feel better. The book is not just a collection of ideas, what to do with a child. It is a reassurance that, though I have to work long hours and often absent, I still can make my family feel treasured. I love my work, but often feel guilty of not being a stay-home mom and not spending all my time with my little son. I think that that reassurance is especially important to working parents. We all need the confidence that we still can make our children happy. Besides, we just recently moved to America, and there are different "little things" in different countries. So we used it as a guide in a way. I'm not talking about hugs and kisses here, of course, but about, for example, where you can and cannot go with a child. I noticed only one blunder. Pancakes on Mardi Gras were not thought out in order to use up all fats before Lent. Thinking carefully anyone would realise that the tradition of pancakes-making is a bit older (or rather way older) than Lent. Anyway, after reading this book, we got a new family member. A misterious Tickling Monster moved in. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angie Rhodes

    I love this little book, even though my children are now teenagers, there is still plenty of little things, I can still do,, Things that don't cost money, but will cheer up, any child, young or old,,, Hat's off to Susan Newman, for an uplifting gem of a book,, I love this little book, even though my children are now teenagers, there is still plenty of little things, I can still do,, Things that don't cost money, but will cheer up, any child, young or old,,, Hat's off to Susan Newman, for an uplifting gem of a book,,

  4. 4 out of 5

    Giuliano

    I was quite underwhelmed at first. I found many of the ideas and suggestions to be quite banal and, frankly, just common sense. However as the book progressed I discovered a few very useful suggestions which I'm keen to implement for my kids, so all in all the book proved useful even if it wasn't as ground breaking as I thought. I was quite underwhelmed at first. I found many of the ideas and suggestions to be quite banal and, frankly, just common sense. However as the book progressed I discovered a few very useful suggestions which I'm keen to implement for my kids, so all in all the book proved useful even if it wasn't as ground breaking as I thought.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Twenty years ago, Susan Newman wrote the original version of LITTLE THINGS LONG REMEMBERED. She decided to rewrite the book with some updates related to more parents working and the constant influence of technology in our lives. With busier schedules and technology making the personal interactions less relevant, this book is even more important to families. Newman shows how to carve out even five minutes of special time with your child, building memories, creating traditions, and finding ways to Twenty years ago, Susan Newman wrote the original version of LITTLE THINGS LONG REMEMBERED. She decided to rewrite the book with some updates related to more parents working and the constant influence of technology in our lives. With busier schedules and technology making the personal interactions less relevant, this book is even more important to families. Newman shows how to carve out even five minutes of special time with your child, building memories, creating traditions, and finding ways to have fun without devices. This book is for working parents or stay-at-home parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles. Anyone who wants to make a child feel important. Newman has come up with hundreds of ideas, some taking only minutes, and many sent to her from other parents, and compiled them all into this little book. The book is divided into chapters with anywhere from five minute activities to weekend activities as well as ways to honor special days and make new traditions. There are activities you can do with your toddler as well as your high-school-age child. Your child is never to old to find a way to make them feel special. Some of the ideas were new to me such as having each member of the family choose a stock and follow its rise and fall in the market. Choosing companies that mean something to each person, whether it is the company that makes their favorite toy or favorite food, makes the activity more fun while also being educational. Other ideas like having a one-on-one date with your child or sharing their birth story with your child on their birthday are fun memories we have made in our family and and ones our children look forward to. If you travel a lot for work, there are ideas for making your child feel special even while you are away. I found the Sick Day chapter especially helpful since I had a child sick at home at that time. Making even a sick day fun in the tiniest way can help break up the boredom. I highly recommend this book as the perfect book for someone having a baby, for Christmas, or for a new grandparent. I have no doubt you will find plenty of current and fun ideas to make your child feel special.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avidreader

    I LOVED this book! Although most of the ideas mentioned in this book are geared toward younger children, many of the ideas are things that you can still do with teenagers. I loved the idea of categorizing special things you can do with your children according to time available, time of the day or week, and occasion because it makes it easy to find suggestions that you have either time to do or it's special for the occasion. Now more than ever, I am cherishing the memories that I have made with my I LOVED this book! Although most of the ideas mentioned in this book are geared toward younger children, many of the ideas are things that you can still do with teenagers. I loved the idea of categorizing special things you can do with your children according to time available, time of the day or week, and occasion because it makes it easy to find suggestions that you have either time to do or it's special for the occasion. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    I loved the format and the simplicity of this book. It is so easy to simply grab the book, choose an age appropriate idea to fit a certain time frame, and make someone smile. It's the perfect book for new parents and seasoned parents (or grandparents) alike. As adults, we too often take simple gestures and small moments for granted in our rush to perfect the future. While parents (especially those of us who work from home, stay at home or homeschool) may find many of the ideas presented by the a I loved the format and the simplicity of this book. It is so easy to simply grab the book, choose an age appropriate idea to fit a certain time frame, and make someone smile. It's the perfect book for new parents and seasoned parents (or grandparents) alike. As adults, we too often take simple gestures and small moments for granted in our rush to perfect the future. While parents (especially those of us who work from home, stay at home or homeschool) may find many of the ideas presented by the author are really common sense ones--sometimes, as we maneuver through a busy blur of a day, it's nice to have a little "cheat sheet" of quick ideas for reconnecting as a family. I also enjoyed the book because it was a little nostalgic--it brought back some memories of my own childhood (and those of my children) as I remembered actually doing some of the little suggestions with my family! Little Things Long Remembered would make a wonderful gift for parents, grandparents or even caregivers and teachers. I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions and experiences are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    This is the perfect little book for any parents, especially working parents who spend lots of time away from their kids traveling or working. Dr. Newman has put together a treasure trove of idea to help you think of ideas to not only spend more meaningful time with your kids, but to also make sure that they will remember these moments for a lifetime. Organized into categories from the basics of making memories to ideas that take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, each tip or idea can be taken This is the perfect little book for any parents, especially working parents who spend lots of time away from their kids traveling or working. Dr. Newman has put together a treasure trove of idea to help you think of ideas to not only spend more meaningful time with your kids, but to also make sure that they will remember these moments for a lifetime. Organized into categories from the basics of making memories to ideas that take anywhere from five minutes to an hour, each tip or idea can be taken and immediately put into action. This isn't something you want to read cover to cover, but to browse from time to time when your strapped as to what to do with the kids. It's really the perfect gift for new parents and for baby showers for this reason. I have two boys, aged four and six months. These tips are things we've already made an effort to do with them or have done several times in the past, in the case of our oldest, but there were hundreds of "little things" that were wide open for us still. You will have to look and assess and determine what will work best for your kids and family, but there truly is something here for everyone and any age child.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Lynn

    This is a cute short story, not really a story more a list of great ideas that every family, parent, or grandparent should check out for their children/grandchildren. I always pride myself on being involved with my child, making time for them, and being their biggest supporter. This book opened my eyes to things I may have missed and things I should try. I loved all the great suggestions that are appropriate for younger children and for older children. I found this an easy book to page through a This is a cute short story, not really a story more a list of great ideas that every family, parent, or grandparent should check out for their children/grandchildren. I always pride myself on being involved with my child, making time for them, and being their biggest supporter. This book opened my eyes to things I may have missed and things I should try. I loved all the great suggestions that are appropriate for younger children and for older children. I found this an easy book to page through and pick up implement ideas with my family. I am sure many great memories will be made with my family thanks to Little Things Long Remembered. Susan Newman, PhD wrote a great resource to first time parents or larger families. There is something in here for every income, most of the ideas are free or extremely low cost. There is also something for every family based on their interests and capabilities.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

    While I am not one who feels the need to manufacture memories or experiences for my children, I did like this little gem of a book. It made me reflect on the things I already do with my children more than anything else. The book is full of little suggested activities or gestures that you can do to make a memory and strengthen a parent/child relationship. Ideas like, "attend the same fair or carnival every year" or "pitch a tent in your own backyard" and "write a short letter to your children eac While I am not one who feels the need to manufacture memories or experiences for my children, I did like this little gem of a book. It made me reflect on the things I already do with my children more than anything else. The book is full of little suggested activities or gestures that you can do to make a memory and strengthen a parent/child relationship. Ideas like, "attend the same fair or carnival every year" or "pitch a tent in your own backyard" and "write a short letter to your children each year on their birthday". There are sections with suggestions for things you can do when you're away from each other, or when you have 5 minutes or less. Much of the book is really just common sense and you'll probably find that you already do or have done many of these suggestions. However, it's always nice to be reassured that you're doing a great job as a parent. The book is short and would be a great little gift or stocking stuffer for someone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I loved the simplicity of this book. "Little Things Long Remembered" is a great book for any parent looking for simple ways to make their children feel special. I really liked that the book was seperated into different catagories making it that much easier to find whatever you are looking for, for whatever occasion. Not all of the ways mentioned require money, mostly just take a little time and little effort. As a parent of two kids it can become overwhelming to make sure my children are happy a I loved the simplicity of this book. "Little Things Long Remembered" is a great book for any parent looking for simple ways to make their children feel special. I really liked that the book was seperated into different catagories making it that much easier to find whatever you are looking for, for whatever occasion. Not all of the ways mentioned require money, mostly just take a little time and little effort. As a parent of two kids it can become overwhelming to make sure my children are happy all the time, but I can just pick up this book and read one or two lines and I have an easy way to make my children's day. This would be a great read for any parent, but would be a wonderful gift included with a baby shower gift. The book was an easy quick read that anyone can enjoy. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Little Things Long Remembered is a really wonderful book, full of ideas on how to make you child feel special. The ideas help parents come up with both big and small actions that help make kids feel connected and loved. Some can be used to make traditions for your family, some can just be special surprises, and many help make everyday moments filled with attentiveness and love. I really liked how varied the ideas were, and there are so many, so that if some do not fit your family’s style there a Little Things Long Remembered is a really wonderful book, full of ideas on how to make you child feel special. The ideas help parents come up with both big and small actions that help make kids feel connected and loved. Some can be used to make traditions for your family, some can just be special surprises, and many help make everyday moments filled with attentiveness and love. I really liked how varied the ideas were, and there are so many, so that if some do not fit your family’s style there are still so many to take away from the book. I think this is a great book for families, you can really find some great ideas of how to have fun with your kids and to make them have really wonderful memories and traditions they can keep with themselves forever. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Roets

    As a busy stay-at-home mom who these days never feels like she's at home, I can sometimes get into a rut when it comes to making memories with my boys. So, I was completely thrilled when this book turned up and I started flipping through the pages. While a lot of what's in it is really geared towards younger children, there are things that you could do with teenagers in it. As my boys get older, it's become more and more important to me that we create memories together. Before I know it, they'll As a busy stay-at-home mom who these days never feels like she's at home, I can sometimes get into a rut when it comes to making memories with my boys. So, I was completely thrilled when this book turned up and I started flipping through the pages. While a lot of what's in it is really geared towards younger children, there are things that you could do with teenagers in it. As my boys get older, it's become more and more important to me that we create memories together. Before I know it, they'll have moved out and started lives of their own and I want them to be able to look back and say, "Hey, remember that time we...." This book is full of ideas and would be great for anyone who spends time with children.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Lanton

    Such adorable ways to show a child you care. I am a stay at home mom and already do so many of these ideas already. I wanted the relationship that I didn't have growing up. It put a smile on face as read through the ideas and thought of the many smiles that my daughter and I have shared. There are a few other suggestions that I am going to incorporate into my everyday fun with my daughter. I hope that people who do read this will take the 5 minutes to show your child that extra love. I know it h Such adorable ways to show a child you care. I am a stay at home mom and already do so many of these ideas already. I wanted the relationship that I didn't have growing up. It put a smile on face as read through the ideas and thought of the many smiles that my daughter and I have shared. There are a few other suggestions that I am going to incorporate into my everyday fun with my daughter. I hope that people who do read this will take the 5 minutes to show your child that extra love. I know it has been great to make my daughter smile in so many different ways then the normal. **I received a free copy for an honest review**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Betty Yoder

    I wish I had had this when our children were small. Now that they are grown, I'm glad I have it for grandchildren. Building memories is such a lost art in our busy world and I wish I had had this little book to help me. Author, Susan Newman, certainly knows how to suggest ways mothers and fathers can create memories to last a lifetime. Grandparents can do that! It is even easier for them ... they have (and take) the extra time. This is a must read for all parents and Grandpas and Grandmas, too. I I wish I had had this when our children were small. Now that they are grown, I'm glad I have it for grandchildren. Building memories is such a lost art in our busy world and I wish I had had this little book to help me. Author, Susan Newman, certainly knows how to suggest ways mothers and fathers can create memories to last a lifetime. Grandparents can do that! It is even easier for them ... they have (and take) the extra time. This is a must read for all parents and Grandpas and Grandmas, too. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amit Sharma

    Memories remain forever but building memories is such a lost art in our busy world. To rescue you,Susan Newman has perfectly put together a great collection of simple yet innovative and fun ideas. Read it and implement these little things for a great bonding between you and your child, which will be surely long remembered. I won this in a giveaway posted by the author and received just in time to gift my sister on her daughter's 2nd birthday. Memories remain forever but building memories is such a lost art in our busy world. To rescue you,Susan Newman has perfectly put together a great collection of simple yet innovative and fun ideas. Read it and implement these little things for a great bonding between you and your child, which will be surely long remembered. I won this in a giveaway posted by the author and received just in time to gift my sister on her daughter's 2nd birthday.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)

    This little book packs a big punch. Filled with easy-to-do activities and suggestions, you'll be surprised that you never thought of them before. Some of the ideas may be things you're already doing with the special children in your life. I received this book to review. These opinions are 100% mine. This little book packs a big punch. Filled with easy-to-do activities and suggestions, you'll be surprised that you never thought of them before. Some of the ideas may be things you're already doing with the special children in your life. I received this book to review. These opinions are 100% mine.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    A book full of cute ideas to make your children feel special every day. I was glad to see that I was doing many of these things already (notes in lunch boxes, reading books, telling them I love them, special times with me, birthday celebration traditions, etc.) and I picked up a few new ideas too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mariana Farcas

    The Little Book any Parent Should Have under their Pillow! Everything you need to know about how to bond and show love to your little ones. I liked the "Designer Kiss" and the time capsule activity. This books remind me to share special moments with my kids before it was to late. A must buy! The Little Book any Parent Should Have under their Pillow! Everything you need to know about how to bond and show love to your little ones. I liked the "Designer Kiss" and the time capsule activity. This books remind me to share special moments with my kids before it was to late. A must buy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie Mayes

    What a great book to give you ideas to make your child/children feel special.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Lists of ideas of fun things to do with your kids that they can hold on to for a lifetime and have a positive memory of their childhood.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Madaline

    I lack imagination and referred to this book to see if I'd had any good ideas when my children were growing. Turns out I could have had some better ideas but I did have some good moments. 5.15.11 I lack imagination and referred to this book to see if I'd had any good ideas when my children were growing. Turns out I could have had some better ideas but I did have some good moments. 5.15.11

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Loizides

    What a special little book! So many fab ideas. Some things I was doing but did not realise the impact they could have so that will change my thinking and make me re-inforce the good things.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Guy Vestal - Counter Culture Critic

    ...review to come...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Some cute ideas, but mostly common sense parenting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking to start some family traditions, but need ideas- this book if full of them!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Bodford

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