Parenting is tough. Understatement of the year, right?
First, it’s the baby years of all-hours-of-the-day feedings and forever dodging spit up.
Next, it’s the toddler years, when you’re convinced they’re going to trip and fall down any flight of stairs within a three-mile radius if you turn your head for one second.
Then comes elementary school, where you’re trying to keep your sanity while trying to coach your kids through “new” math (which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever—why can’t five plus seven just be twelve without all these darned boxes and rounding and uuuuuuuugh).
We’re now into the middle and high-school years at our home, and trust me, those each come with their own (frequent) moments of chaos and homework calamity. Add in two kids in sports that of course never meet at the same time or place, and yeah, insanity can quickly become magnified tenfold. So why do we let them do it?
Because we love our kids (and we wouldn’t trade a moment of any of it for the world.)
Band, choir, drama, sports—these are just a few of the extracurricular activities that threaten to gobble up those precious few minutes between work/school and bed. But they’re also fantastic opportunities to let our children stretch and grow.
In my new book, THE SOCCER PLAYER AND THE SINGLE MOM, Felicity Shaw is a widowed mother of a six-year-old boy who looooooves all things sports. But because he’s not the most coordinated kid around, his protective mama has steered him toward consuming statistics instead of spending time on the field. It’s safe there, easy. But it doesn’t let him grow.
And I get it. Watching your little ones get hurt is awful. But I also know they need room to play and be kids. To build teamwork and leadership skills. To have the opportunity to get back up when life knocks them down. To be resilient. Determined.
Now trust me, if my kids get slide-tackled or pushed from behind on the soccer field, you’d better believe I’m hollering my displeasure from the sidelines—mama bear is protective of her cubs LOL. But at the end of the day, I know through the good plays and the bad, they’re learning skills that will help them both on and off the field. Because things will come at you out of nowhere in life, and life isn’t always fair.
In SOCCER PLAYER, Felicity finally allows her son Tyler to practice with healing soccer star Scott Gillie in his grandmother’s backyard. And, as fate would have it, the poor kid kicks a shot that ricochets off the goal and beams him square in the face. Hey, it happens. And Felicity, in typical overprotective mama bear style, completely freaks out.
And Scott takes the brunt of her fear-induced rage.
But after the ER docs determine he’s going to be just fine, and they resolve to get his glasses mended another day, it’s little Tyler who helps his mom realize that she might have overreacted…and it’s time to go back and make amends.
I cannot tell you how many “from the mouths of babes” moments I’ve had over the years. In this book, I finally got to work one in.
Love them, support them, let them grow.
Oh, and pray those pesky injuries are kept to a minimum. 😉
For most women, working for a sexy soccer star would be a dream
come true. All except single mom Felicity Shaw. She has no interest in
playing personal assistant for a stubborn, injured playboy—no matter
how nice his abs are. But with bills piling up and mouths to feed, she
can’t say no to the job.
That’s when it gets interesting.
The last thing Scott Gillie wants or needs is a persistent and entirely
too distracting PA while he’s recuperating in his small hometown.
Unfortunately, it’s not up to him. Then Felicity and her son end up
temporarily moving in—all thanks to his meddlesome grandmother.
Now temptation is right across the hall and it’s driving Scott crazy.
His only option is to fight fire with fire.
He never expects Felicity to do the same.
Romance Contemporary [Entangled: Bliss, On Sale: March 11, 2019, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781798075418 / ]
About Kyra Jacobs
Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to romantic suspense and paranormal/fantasy. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after.
When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan.