Back to School
Three words that are dreaded by kids and gospel to parents. My kids groan at the looming date and for me it can’t get here fast enough. I look forward to 8 uninterrupted hours of peace and quiet, as I’m sure many others do, too.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I enjoy having them home—
For about a week.
I mean, really, am I a bad mom because I’m tired of hearing “Sto-op”, “Give it back”, “I had it first!”, “MOM!”, “Shut-up, idiot”, “Ow!”, and countless other phrases worded in just the right whiny tone to make my blood pressure sky-rocket? There’s only so much a person can take. And let me tell you, there’s no writing getting done this summer.
Don’t rush it, some say. One day, when they’re out of the house, you will wish those days hadn’t passed so fast. Well of course I will. Don’t we all? I’m just as sure the teeth-clenching part of those memories will fade and I’ll long for the days when they were young.
But...with a little inward smile of glee...I also know the day will come when they call and tell me “The kids are driving me nuts with their fighting. How did you deal with it?”
After I’m done
Pay back is a bitch, isn’t it?
In the meantime, for those mothers who are counting the days until September 4th with me, I suggest you pick up a book and escape in the pages for a little YOU time. In our house, it’s called Silent Reading Time, emphasis on the silence, and though the kids protest, they usually get into their books and read well past the designated time.
If you’re a mom who is dreading the end of summer and the time with your kids, I give the same advice. Reading together with your kids is a great activity—something you probably already know.
Here are a few of my titles you might like to consider:
MORE THAN A KISS, sexy contemporary romance set in California
Happy Reading and enjoy the rest of your summer!
About the Author: An avid reader and fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey Joy Netzel lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.
Her romantic suspense titles include Lost In Italy (2012 RS *WINNER* WisRWA’s Write Touch Readers’ Award), and her Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered Trust, andShadowed Trust. Contemporary titles include More Than a Kiss, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series (books 2,4,6), Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, which also took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award.
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