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!

Ruthie and The (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie - mariadismondy.com

On May 24th, Maria continued the month on May’s theme of honesty with a short recap of a book on honesty and how lying can affect you. You can watch the full video here.



  • Read this book to your children – so easy!

Maria highly encourages this book for you to read to your children in encouraging honesty in them. There are so many positives to this book. Ruthie is playing at school and finds a toy on the ground at recess. She decides she wants to keep it, even when another child says it is theirs. The teacher becomes involved and Ruthie continues her lie.

I love how the book points out how the lie affects Ruthie’s physical feelings – she goes home and she has a stomach ache! Often times, when we do something we shouldn’t, our body will react with a physical ache. Whether it’s a headache, a stomachache or something similar. It’s important to teach children at a young age to listen to our bodies as these are early signs that something isn’t right, emotionally!

Maria also pointed out that Ruthie’s parents encourage Ruthie to fix it, when she finally comes clean about her lie. They don’t tell her that THEY will fix it, they encourage her to fix it. The book then points out how her physical body feels better when she returns to school the following day and admits to her lie. Her body feels lighter and her stomach feels better.

It’s a great book, with a hidden gem for parents/teachers – if you don’t have the immediate answer (like the teacher), you CAN walk away and wait until you have a clear answer!

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