The world according to….


I did a pretty good job at keeping a record of all the milestones and important events in my children’s lives until they turned two and then things tailed off. I reignited my efforts when they started kindergarten, but confess that all I have managed to document is their class photograph, their favourite things to play with and what they want to be when they grow up. I’m sure that one day I’ll delight in telling my son that when he was four all he wanted to be was a father who uses an iron (what does this say about the division of labour in my house?!).

A more systematic and comprehensive approach to capturing all those preschool gems can be found with The World According to… books by I See Me.

The concept is simple: parents receive a kit containing ‘interview’ questions to ask their child, and felt tip pens and drawing sheets to obtain samples of their artwork (including a self-portrait). Take as long as you need to complete the questions and the art work. I extracted information from my kids by stealth – slip interview questions into normal conversation and you’ll get an honest answer.

Once you have compiled the information and the drawings, send it in and hey presto, a couple of weeks later a professionally bound and printed book about your child will be on its way.

Books are US$29.95. Multiple copies of each can be ordered and would make a lovely keepsake for grandparents. I See Me ship to Australia.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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