Two decades ago I wrote the original version of Little Things Long Remembered. Its intent was to be a treasure-trove of ideas for parents to create special ties to and long-lasting memories with their children. Memories are, after all, a precious gift.
The book sold … and sold at a steady pace for nearly 20 years! With so many changes in society and technology taking place during those years, it became clear to me that it was now time to update the book. The intent of this new edition remains the same: to be a collection of reference points for parents that enable them to create a backlog of heartwarming memories and have fun while doing so. Whether you are a stay-at-home or a working parent, the suggestions in these pages will help keep you connected to your children and will contribute to building a strong, loving family.
I started gathering ideas when my stepchildren and my son were very young. Over the years I discovered hundreds of them that, when enacted for the long haul, added much more to family life than memories. My children, now adults, send me pictures of the sunflowers they grow that become even taller than those we grew as a family project. The holiday traditions we celebrated have become part of my grandchildren’s lives as well. This continuing of our family’s “little things” is reassuring to all of us and is a critical factor in what keeps us close and makes us all smile.
Life swirls at a hectic pace in most families today. That reality places a high premium on finding family time. Little Things Long Remembered is designed to help maximize whatever time you have together—be it a minute or two, five minutes, a weekend, or a holiday. Small parcels of time well used assure stellar memories—and ultimately, memories and traditions are the backbone of family unity…and the glue that holds family together.
With the click of a mouse, technology provides a whole array of ways to create and save what you and your children do; thus, memories need never be lost. Consider this book your personal think-tank for being a standout parent and a takeoff point that will spark your own ideas. The time you spend with your children and what you choose to embrace from within these pages will become as memorable and meaningful to you as they will be to them.