Hi everyone! I’m Mandy Bush and I am the online business manager for Cardinal Rule Press. I am a mother of 2 (son and daughter) and I will be blogging this month on Be the Difference, sharing some fun things with you from the past year.

Today I am sharing the top 10 articles that were posted on Empowering Kids With Character Facebook page.

Top 10 Parenting Articles - mariadismondy.com

Parenting: Are We Getting a Raw Deal?

A very interesting article on the difference in parenting between us and our parents. Rhonda A. Stephens says “We left high school, problem solvers. I’m afraid our kids are leaving high school with mommy and daddy on speed dial.”

The Working Moms’ Happy Handbook

Are you a working mom? This is such an encouraging Parents Magazine article! I love when author Lauren Smith Brody stated “Groundbreaking research out of Harvard shows that working mothers are more likely to have higher-earning daughters—and sons who contribute more time to housework. Imagine!” Sometimes working, as a mom, brings on a lot of guilt, whether you work from home (like I do) or work outside the home. It’s encouraging to know that we’re not ruining our children by doing so!

Mindful Parenting: The Myths And Truths

Huffington Post contributor, Carla Naumburg, discuss 5 myths behind “Mindful Parenting”. She advises that this (Mindful Parenting) will take practice and won’t turn you into a super Zen parent, but it will help you when responding to your children. Who doesn’t want to be more calm?

7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child

This Parents article shares 7 tips for raising a happy child, including allowing success and failure and teaching growth mindset.

Why you should spend money on family vacations

It’s becoming more and more popular to spend money on vacations (experiences that build memories) and not toys (that are outgrown and forgotten). Author Becky Mansfield states “It doesn’t matter where you are going as long as you make it a fun, memorable experience.  You can do that by being involved with your kids.” I fully agree!


Author (and TV reporter) Kristen Hewitt shares her 5 tips on making “me time” a reality. If you gave yourself 60 minutes a day to do something for you, what would it be?

100 Ways to Show Love to Your Spouse!

A happy home begins with happy partners! The Dating Divas share 100 ways that you can show your partner love!

You’re Going To Miss It

A thought-compelling article on how we will miss our children being young. It’s sometimes hard to believe that we will miss all the craziness, but we will!

4 reasons your call to a stay-at-home mom goes to voicemail

I love this article. It’s so spot on for me. I don’t answer my phone. In fact, my phone’s ringer has not been on in at least 4 years. Why? For every reason listed in this article. Mainly #4 – “When I am alone, I don’t want to talk”.

12 bullying myths

Would you know if your child is being bullied (or God forbid – bullying)? This Parents article discusses the 12 myths of bullying. I wish this article wasn’t needed, but in this day and age – it’s important!


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