DuMar's encouraging, well-considered advice for parents or other caring adults on preserving children's stories for them, not in a demanding literary manner, but in a personal, from-the-heart diary form written with a child's perspective in mind, expands on the usual babybook to record all the "firsts" and also do much more.
Beyond bare-bones developmental record books, or family histories, the immediacy and therapeutic nature of keeping diaries for children helps process the difficult things that happen and bring out joy and wonder for both adults and children. DuMar shows how the writing itself helps us examine roles, allows exploration of feelings, clarifies understanding, and enhances efforts to make needed changes.
Her examples show how parental awareness and reflection required for capturing family experiences in writing improve positive parenting, while the entries themselves strengthen family connections and record the special, individual experiences and accomplishments that help sustain children's healthy self-concepts, world views and values. She even demonstrates creative ways diarykeeping can help problemsolve and reduce sibling rivalry- really- not by playing analyst, but in a real- life, natural way.
Besides demonstrating the benefits of creating such living legacies, she explains how to go about creating them. With her only firm rule being to date the entries, her practical, nontechnical instruction about writing uses examples, discusses appropriate coverage of family skeletons and other difficult topics, and offers starter ideas and tips for overcoming blocks. Excluding use of computers or sound recordings in creating diaries, she includes interesting, valuable information about every other aspect imaginable, and admirably conveys her passion and knowledge with a caring attitude. Her simple, brilliant ideas provide powerful inspiration. They're helpful and doable.