Thursday, 13 September 2012

There's no one quite like Grandpa (or Grandma)


Alas, I don't have any grandparents left. My English granddad once made a tape for a history class I had at school about his experiences during his twenties, and what was interesting about what he said was less that he had been in the Second World War than that he had 'dated a girl who worked in a Guinness factory whose hair was as glossy as a chestnut.' It was all those lovely personal details that made his past spring to life for me and our class.

Alas, in these frantic times, while we are racing around bringing up kids and commuting to work we might forget what it important: to record family history, to delve into our parents' lives for posterity, for history, and just for fun. For if we don't record the lives of our parents (and our kids' grandparents) now, then all too soon all the important details of their lives might be lost forever.



That's why I was thrilled to find the beautifully illustrated For My Grandchild memory book published by the lovely people at Fill and Tell. The book is designed for grandparents to share the story of their lives with their grandchildren. Each chapter focuses on a different time of life, so grandparents can share memories of their own childhood and upbringing as well as stories about their grandchild’s parents and the mischief they got up to when they were young. I loved that it included chapters on all manner of things like: How my parents met, When I was little, On the dinner, Household chores as well as Falling in love and Having our children.

For My Grandchild is a high quality, spiral bound book that makes a wonderful gift – either buy it for grandparents to fill in with all the intriguing and quirky details from their lives or alternatively, grandparents can buy it as a gift for their grandchild. It costs £24.99 and shipping worldwide can be arranged directly through Fill and Tell.

12 comments:

  1. These make excellent gifts. I have a version here in the U.S. that is similar and had my mother fill it out. Then I bought another for myself since my first grandchild was born 8 months ago! Found you on the blog hop and am now following you via GFC. Would LOVE it if you could visit my humorous blog site and follow back the same way if you can. Thanks for sharing! http://Menopausalmother.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Emma! I'm following back, looking forward to coming back soon!

    -Fotini

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  3. What an adorable blog! I'm so glad I found you through the blog hop... I can't wait to read more!
    Here's hoping you'll stop by and visit us
    http://longingforaprons.blogspot.com/

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  4. What a fab idea. My parents have passed away and a lot of the history of the family is left with me. Its so important to record this for the future. Thanks for the review its great.
    Hi found you via the blog hop and will follow for sure. If you have time please come visit me at
    www.jollyjillys.blogspot.com

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  5. Should get my Dad and Mum to fill it in. Dad could do it as his project, in between his morning vacuuming job and driving Mum crazy in the arvo.

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  6. Hello,

    I am visting your blog through Blog Hop Everyday. You have a great blog and I loved your content as a first time visitor. I am now following your blog, please check out my blogs too and return the love: Empowered Mommy and Pregnancy Forum

    Thanks for your time. :)

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  7. Emma! Thanks a whole bunch for visiting my blog! You are lovely! Your story with Gillian is SO neat. I enjoyed my visit here and look forward to reading more!

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  8. What a wonderful book! I need to look into it as a gift for my parents to create for my kids. Thanks for following Mommy Time Out:)

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  9. Hi! I'm Rebekah from http://www.mommybrainer.wordpress.com. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. I Love the story of your blog and your book, I'm going to pick it up, have a great day.

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  10. We just found you from the followers to friends blog hop. We can't wait to be friends.
    Christy & Chelsie

    http://mybest-friendsblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi, i'm your newest follower from the Weekend Blog Hop, would love if you could come by and follow back?
    Erica
    www.ericastartwalking.com

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