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

May is about Honesty! - mariadismondy.com

On May 17th, Maria shared another simple game that you can play with your children to teach honesty and this time with ICE CREAM (adapted from Over The Big Moon)!!!! You can watch the full video here.


  • 3 bowls
  • Ice Cream
  • Salt
  • Ice cream topping, such as chocolate sauce


  • Prep 1 bowl earlier in the morning with salt and water (so it has time to harden a little)
  • Place one scoop of ice cream in another bowl.
  • Ask your children “what if I would put salt on the ice cream?”, saying “oops!” while you do so and sprinkle salt on the ice cream. Chances are that they will wrinkle their noses and say how gross that is! Explain to them that when we make a bad choice, we may try to cover it up. Cover the ice cream with the chocolate sauce. Ask them if the sauce is covering up the salt or if the bad choice is still there. They will probably say they still want the ice cream. Let them try it! They will still taste the salt. Explain that covering up a lie will not make it go away or make it better.
  • Go to the second bowl and pour some salt in that bowl. Ask your child(ren) how to fix that. You just immediately tip it over and clean it up. Super! That’s easy! If you lie, you confess right away and it’s fixed!
  • Now, time for the 3rd Explain how some people wait SOOO long to clean up their lie, that it makes it worse and harder to fix. The longer you let a lie sit there, the harder it is to tell the truth. You can tip that bowl over and some of the salt will come out, but not ALL of it. (This is the bowl that you put water and salt in earlier and has had time to harden.) You have to do some hard work (washing the bowl) to fully get rid of the evidence of that salt.

Maria did share that this lesson was a little tougher for her 4-year-old to understand and may be more geared toward kindergarteners through 2nd grade ages. ?

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