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In a classic Sterling Mom misadventure, my husband texted me this photo today: That’s right! My kiddo broke my TV today. And, I used my motherhood misadventure to remind all my childless friends that birth control is always an option. How does this happen, you ask? I will tell you a classic story of being a parent of three sons. My oldest, the Dude, age 11, and youngest, the Bean, age 3, were playing Mario Kart on Wii U. The Dude wanted to keep playing. The Bean did not. The Dude kept forcing the Bean to hold the Wii U remote –...

Aka Why We Held Our Son Back …& Why It Was The Right Decision For Him. On the second last day of first grade on June 12, 2014, my oldest son received and brought home the below letter. The purpose of the letter is to have a current second grader write to a current first grader to help the first grader get excited about moving up to the next grade. I read the letter with a smile on my face, then got a little misty-eyed as I read the signature. Why? Because the little...

Sterling Mom Moment: This morning, I asked the boys if they wanted doughnuts for breakfast (a VERY rare treat) because their Dad had to run to Sheetz for coffee. Sidenote: It is never pleasant when we run out of coffee in our house. My seven year old said, “What’s a doughnut?” and the two year old echoed his question. (!!!) Neither he nor my two year old had a clue what doughnuts were! In hindsight, I suppose they haven’t had them too often at all. I’ve...

It was the day of my best friends’ wedding shower and bachelorette party and I had out of town guests and LOTS to do as one of the organizers of the party. With guests visiting and the time coming to get ready to head out and set up for the party, my husband surreptitiously pulls me aside and lets me know that there is sewer water pumping through our basement (both up through the floor and down through the ceiling) and it has started coming out of the floor of our first...

Things I uttered today during our annual Mother’s Day celebration and trip to the nursery: “Don’t punch your brother.” “That was the strangest mixture of mud and poop I’ve ever seen!” “You ruined your shoes!” “It’s my day, no toys and no cartoons and no fighting!” “No, we can’t go...

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share my motherhood journey, aka my Mommy story. I am certain that everything in life is meant to happen and I believe that everything that has ever happened in my life led me to my purpose – to be Mommy to my sweet, handsome, wonderful little boys. It doesn’t matter how we become a Mom, it’s how we love our kids that matters. Here is the Sterling family story, which is full of love, struggle, and a few wonderful...

This Morning Stunk I woke up to a THUMP and a choking sound – and I ran like hell to my 7 year old’s room, because I knew exactly what that sound meant. He had fallen out of bed and was having a seizure. It looked to be a really bad one (but, of course, they all look that way to his Mom). The Dude and Epilepsy Over three years ago, when he was 4, the Dude started seizing at night. At first, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. Plus, his seizures only...

There is nothing more fun or loved in the Sterling house than a cardboard box!! This is also a helpful parenting tip for those of you with the dreaded toddler colorer. My 2 year old Ding Dong has taken to hunting down stray crayons and coloring on things. Recently, the baby gate, the toy box and Baby Bean’s Bumbo seats were victims. That child is sneaky. So, I give him crayons and a box and he’s good for at least a few days. br /> But, this is just why I don’t have nice stuff. I learned with the first one. He liked...

I am once again trying to make the transition back to a more plant-based diet for the entire family. The Dude, my seven year old, is super happy about this. When we told him we were going to try to take a break from eating meat, he said, “Yes, Finally!!” My oldest son has never been a big meat fan – I think it’s because he just doesn’t like the taste of it and I also think a small part of it is that he doesn’t like the idea of eating animals....

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and Baby Bean was down for an (out of character) long nap when I decided I wanted to make something with the boys for their Grammy and Grandmom for Mother’s Day. I consulted my trusty Pinterest boards for some Mother’s Day crafts I could do with the currently pitiful amount of arts and crafts stuff I have in my house. I was pleasantly surprised to find two fun, easy crafts that I could make work and that both the two year old and seven...

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