Cousin Camp

A Grandparent’s Guide to Creating Fun, Faith, and Memories That Last

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Your fun and practical guide to creating meaningful family connections

Are your children and grandchildren scattered across the country? Are they right down the street? No matter where they are, if you long for more time, more fun, and more memories with the ones you love, Cousin Camp is the answer!

This inspiring book from popular speaker, parenting expert, and grandmother Susan Alexander Yates is a practical guide for creating special events that will help you develop meaningful, lasting connections with your extended family.

Full of specific, doable ideas and hilarious stories, this book contains everything you need to know from initial planning (who, when, and where) to daily schedules to specific ways to build friendships among family members. You'll also find plenty of suggestions for a variety of gatherings, as well as activities specifically designed for mothers of young children.

Close-knit family bonds don't happen by accident. Start creating yours today!


"Do you long to be an influence with your grands? Do you wish your parents were more engaged with your children? This book is full of ideas for both generations. Susan's wisdom and experience are sure to guide you to develop intentional multigenerational relationships too."--
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, cofounders of FamilyLife, DennisandBarbara.com, and EverThineHome; authors of many books; parents to six and grandparents to twenty-four


Susan Alexander Yates is a popular speaker and the author of several books, including And Then I Had Kids and And Then I Had Teenagers. A regular guest on FamilyLife Today and other national radio programs, she lives with her husband, John, in Virginia. Learn more at www.susanalexanderyates.com.


Endorsements

"To know Susan Yates is to know the definition of the word intentional. We have marveled for years at her determination and commitment to growing meaningful relationships with her many grandchildren. Do you long to be an influence with your grands? Do you wish your parents were more engaged with your children? This book is full of ideas for both generations. Susan's wisdom and experience are sure to guide you to develop intentional multigenerational relationships too."

Dennis and Barbara Rainey, cofounders of FamilyLife, DennisandBarbara.com, and EverThineHome; authors of many books; parents to six and grandparents to twenty-four

"Susan Yates is someone Mary Ann and I have looked to through the years for wise counsel and practical help as we've raised our children. We are so thrilled to have that same godly wisdom available now as we begin our grandparenting years!"

Bob Lepine, cohost of FamilyLife Today

"Another winner by Susan Yates! Cousin Camp is a treasure trove of wisdom, ideas, and practical helps for passing on a legacy of love and faith to those you love most. I am on it--planning a yearly gathering to bless and build our family based on this very inspiring book!"

Pam Farrel, international speaker, codirector of Love-Wise, and author of fifty books including the bestselling Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti

"Susan had my full attention the first time she mentioned her Cousin Camp. Intrigued by the idea, I was eager to hear why she did this, then how and what and where. I instantly knew it was something I would want for our own family someday. Now Susan is offering helpful answers to all those same questions and many more--shared in her encouraging, inspiring, and always entertaining style. So get ready to create lasting memories and closer relationships for your entire family."

Lisa Jacobson, Club31Women.com

"The best things in life are based on beautiful relationships--relationships in which you know you are loved and valued. This is why I love Cousin Camp and highly recommend it! Author Susan Yates brings families together by teaching how to host a cousins' camp or family reunion, demonstrating how to be the catalyst for deeper, better relationships in your family . . . and all while everyone is having a blast together! It's so natural and positive. There's only one Susan Yates! Learn from a pro! Get your copy today!"

Matt Jacobson, FaithfulMan.com; Faithful Life podcast

"Effective grandparenting is a grand love backed up with a grand plan. We need a strategy for developing heart connection with each grandchild individually and are in the best position for helping all of our grandkids developing it as a group. Holidays can't do that. They're too crazy and distracted. But Cousin Camp can. And Susan Yates is just the seasoned grandparent to show you how it's done. You're going to love this winsome woman's advice and love even more the impact you'll make in your grandkids' lives."

Dr. Tim Kimmel and Darcy Kimmel, coauthors of Extreme Grandparenting: the Ride of Your Life

"Susan Alexander Yates understands the value of building strong families. Abiding in the twenty-first century, many of us lead hectic lives resulting in superficial relationships. Most of us long to draw close to our families. Yet bringing the extended family together can be daunting. Overflowing with practical guidelines for organizing family camps and reunions, Cousin Camp is an excellent resource for families of all sizes, backgrounds and needs. Knowing Susan for forty-seven years, I have been blessed to learn from her as she journeyed the ups and downs of being a mother and grandmother. What she writes is authentic. She shares what she has lived. This well-organized, delightful, inspiring, and informative book is realistic and encouraging to anyone longing to draw nearer to family. It is with joy I recommend it."

Catherine Jacobs, mother, grandmother, speaker, author of Pass the Legacy: 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference, and director of Pass the Legacy Ministry

"Cousin Camp casts a vision for extended family that goes beyond 'civil' holiday gatherings. With an abundance of practical insight, Susan Yates shows how each of us can be cultivators of beautiful closeness, loyalty, and special memories among our relatives. Whether or not you grew up with a tight-knit extended family, this book will give you an expansive view of what family can be and help you create it."

Jedd and Rachel Medefind,,presidents of the Christian Alliance for Orphans and parents of five

"Susan makes all of her ideas so doable and keeps the focus so beautifully on building relationships with one another and with Christ."

Jodie Berndt, speaker and author of the Praying the Scriptures for Your Children book series


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