Magazine article Work & Family Life

Great Ideas for Building Loving Family Connections

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Great Ideas for Building Loving Family Connections

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Busy parents may not have time to put together elaborate meals or complicated do-it-yourself projects, but we still want to create heartwarming memories with our kids-and to have fun doing so.

Little Things Long Remembered by Susan Newman, PhD is a treasure trove of ideas for parents to create special ties to and lasting memories with their children.

Whether you're an at-home mom or dad or have a job outside the house, the suggestions in this little book will help keep you connected to your kids and contribute to building a strong, loving family.

Starting traditions and making memories with toddlers or teens is easier than you may think. Dr. Newman's book brims with easyto-do suggestions for whatever available time you have-a few minutes, a few hours, a weekend or a holiday (see Parenting page).

In a section with ideas on what to do in "five minutes, more or less," for example, she suggests asking children to share one kind, caring thing they did today...or plan to do tomorrow.

With a little bit more time, she reminds us that "older children like to be read to-long after they can read themselves. …

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