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Book encourages families to record, share stories

Published: Saturday, June 25 2011 6:00 a.m. MDT

"300 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PARENTS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE," by Shannon Alder, Horizon Publishers, $11.99, 133 pages

Everyone has a story, including parents.

That’s the basic focus of Shannon Alder's “300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late."

Alder was prompted to compile the book after her father suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple-bypass surgery in 2010. During that time, she realized there were so many things she didn’t know about him. Though brimming with questions, time was not on her side.

Alder cautions readers to not allow their parents' stories of life lessons and wisdom slip away, and she encourages them to write those stories and pieces of wisdom down so they can be passed down to future generations.

The book is broken into seven life areas including youth and family life, marriage and love, world philosophy and religion. Each section contains more than 30 thought-provoking questions that are intended to get root of who your parents are. Space is also provided to take notes.

“300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late” is a wonderful asset to any family library and could be used in several different ways to create a bond and a legacy in the family.

The more obvious use would be to record stories and advice of aging parents, but the book can be a tool to record your own stories and thoughts on the topics presented. In addition, the questions in the book can be used as conversation starters around the dinner table. The options are limitless.

Although there is space provided for responses, in some cases it may not be enough. Don’t let that be a hindrance. Have a recorder or additional paper on hand.

The questions are the true gems in this book.

Alder is also the author of “300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage” and “300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask for a More Vibrant Marriage.” This is Alder’s third book in her “300 Questions” series.

Tequitia Andrews has written about parenting and family issues for several newspapers, magazines and websites. She and her family live in Virginia. Tequitia Andrews blogs at latterdaymama.blogspot.com

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