Create a time capsule of your life before becoming Mom or Dad, as a gift for your child—and a reminder to yourself. As a parent-to-be, you’re facing a lot of adjustments: new interests, new anxieties, new habits and routines, even a new name, all of them centering on your kid. But you’re more than just Mom or Dad! You’re a unique, vibrant, complete individual—and that won’t change, even when the rest of your life does. Before You offers questions to help you record who you are right now, so you can share that person with your child. Fill them in on details like: The coolest place you ever traveled Something that makes you mad Your best hidden talent Your secret hideout as a kid The greatest costume you ever wore And more questions they might never think to ask! With prompts about your memories, your feelings and values, your hidden talents, your goals and dreams, and everything that makes their parent a special person, Before You is a gift that keeps on giving as your child grows. When you’re done, you’ll have a beautiful keepsake for a curious kid, reminding them that parents are people too. FUN, KID-FRIENDLY TONE: Because the intended reader is a child, prompts are fun to think about and fun to write, not corny or intrusive. AN UNDERSERVED NEED FOR PARENTS: Millennials don’t want to lose their identity to parenthood, but baby books and parenting journals still see them only in terms of their kids. AN UNDERSERVED NEED FOR KIDS: As kids grow, understanding that their parents are human beings helps them make sense of their family, themselves, and the world at large. FOR A WIDE RANGE OF FAMILIES: Unlike many baby books, which include the experience of pregnancy, Before You works equally well for natal, adoptive, and long-term foster families. KEEPSAKE-WORTHY: The beautifully-designed package is bright and graphic enough for young recipients and sophisticated enough to stand the test of time.


  • 128 pages
  • 6 x 8.5 inches
  • 4 colors
  • Paperback

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