Susan Day

Susan Swindell Day is editor in chief of this publication and the mom of four great kids.

Lesson From A Teenager

’Twas barely Thanksgiving when my 15-year-old boy asked, “Mom, can I bring up the Christmas boxes?” So excited, he was practically bursting. “Oh, man, it’s not even Thanksgiving, honey!”     “So what?!” he exclaimed, jiggling his knees, already heading for the basement stairs. And up they came, one by one. I barely had time to… Read more »

Happy Days? It’s the Little Things

As you’re going through your days with your kids, your home, your spring, your life … remember, this is your time. It doesn’t have to be filled with more than it is.

Messy, Not-So-Chill Mom Life

Rush, rush, figure out a way to get around the traffic, whip around the back way, my mind a whir of busy thoughts: my kids, my family, upcoming Thanksgiving and family trying to make plans, soccer tryouts, soccer games, football games, Halloween, the election … then boom! I saw her.

Don’t Force Kids Into Activities

Kids need plenty of time to dream and play and less time scuttling around in a car hurrying to get to some parent-enforced activity or other.

Best Summers Remembered

She’s standing in the kitchen, at the sink, looking out the window at a baseball game going on in the backyard. My mother is slicing strawberries. Soon she’ll mix them with sugar and let them steep in a growing juice. She’s baking Bisquick biscuits and planning on making her homemade whipped cream from cream, vanilla… Read more »

Oh, the Pets I Have Known

Sometimes I marvel that I allow four-legged hairy beasts to live with us. I’d like to tell you about all of the wonderful things that can happen with pets. About the delightful days with fluffy puppies, the giggly days with balls of yarn and kittens, the fascinating things that hamsters and goldfish can do. However,… Read more »

Don’t Lose Yourself Too Much, Mom

 … It’s OK to have a good cry now and then … Much as I love my big sister, she is forever telling me she’s worried about me because I’m such a busy mom — that I should take more time for myself. My sister doesn’t remember how overwhelmed she used to get when her… Read more »

The New Balancing Act for Moms

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