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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 5, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849934567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849934568
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,524,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"If you have young children, you need this book!"--Jill Savage, mother of four, author, founder of Hearts at Home

When Susan Alexander Yates's twin daughters were born, they joined siblings ages two, four, and seven. But whether you have one small child or you're flirting with double digits, every parent needs help and encouragement from someone who has been there--and come out alive. Drawing from her own experience, Susan shows you how to handle the challenges of parenting small children with grace and a sense of humor.

And Then I Had Kids will help you handle common struggles such as priorities, discipline, and fatigue. As Susan shares biblical insights and her own humorous stories, you'll be comforted by understanding, refreshed by laughter, and stimulated by ideas to enable this season of life to be one of unique and lasting joy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Susan Alexander Yates is the author of several books and is a regular guest on FamilyLife Today and other national radio programs. She and her husband, John, are popular speakers at marriage and parenting conferences and live in Virginia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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She provides great perspective and encouragement for the journey.
JSP
If you enjoy this book, you'll also like Yates' essays, which are archived on the site for Today's Christian Woman magazine.
Heather Ivester
You feel like there is someone who knows exactly what you're going through as you read the book.
Heath

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather Ivester on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
AND THEN I HAD KIDS is my all-time favorite parenting book, and I've read dozens. While so many authors give parents specific how-to tips and make us feel like failures if we don't follow their advice exactly, Yates shows us it's a tough but often hilarious calling to raise young children.

Because her book was first published in 1988, readers today can be assured Yates knows what she's talking about. Her five children are now grown, married, and raising their own families. Since her husband and children have also written books, the Yates' successful parenting experience is documented in the various stages of their journey.

From this authority, Yates offers expert survival tips for mothers still in the trenches raising young children. Her book opens with the sinking feeling that her house is too quiet. Where are the twins? She discovers little black footprints trailing from the fireplace, across the brand new carpet, to the utility room freezer. "Peering inside, I found two little girls black with soot joyfully looking at books!" By seeing her in this situation, we understand she's been there, done that, and she knows what moms of young kids go through every day.

The book is divided into ten sections: the first chapter offers a general overview of the challenges that face mothers, then the next eight sections look at each challenge specifically and offer tips for overcoming them. Examples include maintaining a positive image, establishing priorities that work, becoming a best friend in marriage despite the heavy demands of child-rearing, disciplining children, and shaping a Christian home. She ends the book with ideas for parents heading into the teen years, which is another age she writes about in AND THEN I HAD TEENAGERS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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Whether you're a stay at home mom or a mom who works outside the home, you will see yourself in this book. Right away in chapter two I practically said out loud "Hey, that's _me_ she's writing about!" Then Susan offers practical advice, encouragement, and best of all -- empathy! This book would make a great gift for someone who has kids ages 7 and under! Susan is also sensitive and doesn't make any judgments about moms who choose to stay home and moms who choose to have a career while their kids are little. How refreshing!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Beck on August 23, 2005
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I was excited to get this book, but found it slightly dissapointing. It was nice that the author is honest and admits to needing to get away from her kids and that they can drive her crazy at times. Most moms these days will not admit to that. The book did not really tell me anything I had not learned already from other parenting books. But all in all it was a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heath on June 13, 2001
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I definitely recommend this book! It is very encouraging. Susan strikes a good balance - she is real about the struggles and frustrations but she also presents encouragement through perspective, God's nature and perspective, and practical ideas. You feel like there is someone who knows exactly what you're going through as you read the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 1998
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Susan Yates has written about so many of my experiences as a mother of a young child. Her candid and transparent writing provided both practical guidance, as well as encouragement that I was actually not alone in the things I was experiencing. I highly recommend this book to moms of toddlers and preschoolers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on June 19, 2012
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Great book--lots to read but helpful ideas & solid content. Good questions throughout to use as a study book & have some good discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JSP on July 13, 2006
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Susan Yates provides genuine help and insight for mothers of young children. I just had my first child and am feeling a bit overwhelmed. This book has helped me realize that I am not alone! Her writing is easy and enjoyable to read. She is a pastor's wife, but has struggled just like the rest of us. Motherhood is not easy and she doesn't claim it to be. It is a huge responsibility, but taken way too lightly in today's society. She provides great perspective and encouragement for the journey.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 1999
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I highly recommend this book to all my friends and have given it as a special "mommy" present. It is so easy to think you are alone in the highs and lows of mommyhood. This book didn't make me feel like a failure as a parent, like so many other parenting books do. Two thumbs up!
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