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My husband is the family historian. The guardian of family photos and documents. While looking through pictures is fun, the most interesting finds have been old letters that family members had written. It was a real glimpse into their life. This is the kind of information we wish to pass down, now that we know how powerful and meaningful it can be. This is why I was very interested in the I Want You to Know Me series of books.
I received a copy of I Want You to Know Me… Mom & Dad to review. I was so glad to get this one so that Brian and I can both fill it out for our daughter. The great thing about this series is that they have one for just about any family member. So, for Father’s Day, you could gift I Want You to Know Me… Love Dad! In the book I have, there is a section for Mom to fill out and a section fr Dad. There are over 100 questions that don’t seem exciting at first glance, but the answers are what make it special.
- What color is your hair?
- Can you roll your Rs?
- Can you roll your tongue? If yes, can you make it into a “w”? (I can!)
- What are you afraid of?
This will be a nice book to accompany Rissa’s baby book. She’ll have lots of great information and memories on paper to keep her feeling connected no matter how far apart we are later in life. I think this could be a fun bonding activity for older kids and teens too. (Heck, even adult children!) You could sit down together and have the child(ren) ask the questions as an interview and record the answers. This would also provide opportunities to open up further discussion with follow up questions.
The inspiration behind these books was a woman battling cancer who wanted her children to know her. She wanted to give them as much information about herself as possible so they would feel connected to her and feel like they truly knew her as a person. She wanted them to feel she was still part of their lives after she was gone.
I also liked the little quotes and other tidbits in the margins. I especially liked the one that said some people say freckles are angel kisses. I was told that often as a child. I liked thinking that’s where mine came from!
These make a great gift for virtually any family member!