Susan Yates

Susan Yates has written thirteen books and has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of marriage, parenting and women’s issues for many years. For 11 years she was a regular columnist on parenting for Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Susan is the mother of five and has 21 grandchildren, including a set of quads. She is devoted to sharing her wisdom and experience with moms and wives and is selflessly available to those in need. Susan has been a mom for 40 years, she and John have been married for 43 years.

Susan Says: “I’m Susan Yates and I think I’m one of the oldest of the bloggers, but in my imagination, I’m really 38! When I take care of my daughter’s five little ones it feels like it’s me all over again. My husband and I had five kids in seven years (including twins) and we still feel the effects of 10 years of not sleeping through the night. Today our five are all married and we have 21 grandchildren. I love being a pastor’s wife, hanging out with the next generation, writing (especially with fellow blogger Barbara), speaking, dogs, horses, hiking, Tarheel basketball, cooking less, and eating more chocolate.”

How and Why to Handle Backtalk

“You stupid, big fat ugly Mommy.” “You are so mean. I wish you weren’t my Mom.” “You are the worst Mom in the world.” Or: “No! I won’t!” If you haven’t heard these phrases or ones like these in your home, you must not have kids! Backtalk in a home with young children is a common, Continue »

Are You In a Fog?

Recently I went for a walk in the woods. It was one of those days when the temperature hovered at 32 degrees. Thick mist had settled into the trees intent on reaching the lowest ground. The humidity was nearly 100 percent. Would there be rain, sleet, or snow? There was no way to know. It Continue »

Two Thoughts to Avoid

At each season of my life I’ve found myself falling into two traps–mental traps–which are not helpful. One is the “what if” syndrome and the other is the “if only” syndrome. The “if only” might express itself like this: If only my child would sleep through the night … if only I had more money Continue »

Is Your Nest Emptying?

If you have just taken a child to college or married one this summer or even sent your last one out the door for his senior year you are probably a bit of an emotional mess. The empty nest hits us in different ways at different times and often when we least expect it! How Continue »