Hi everyone! I’m Mandy Bush and I am the online business manager for Cardinal Rule Press (Maria’s publishing company). I am a mother of 2 (son and daughter) and I will be blogging this month on Be the Difference and will be recapping some valuable tips from Maria’s new show, Empowering Kids With Character – The Show!

Practicing Self-Love - mariadismondy.com

On February 15, Maria touched on the tragedy of another school shooting. At times like this, many of us don’t know how to help. She decided to make the world a better place by focusing on the members in her home – bringing kindness, compassion and love to them and raising them to be the same. You can watch the full video here.

The project Maria discussed was inspired by Miracle Morning for Parents and Families by Lindsay McCarthy. Lindsay has her children create ABC’s of Affirmation and recite them every morning.


  • Large piece of poster/construction paper
  • Markers
  • Anything else your children choose to make this their own!

What are the ABC’s of affirmation?These are affirmations which begin with each letter of the alphabet and is unique to every person/child. So, you could say “I am Able, I am Bold, I am Caring, I am Dedicated” and so on, through the entire alphabet.

Maria and her husband sat down with their 3 children to write their affirmations and they keep them in the kitchen, since that is where they spend most of their time. Younger children (those who can’t read/write) will need more help from you in completing this project. It will be interesting to see what they (and the older children!) come up with.

Clearly, this can be something you complete for yourself and can be very beneficial! It’s an excellent way to practice self-love for children and adults, alike.