A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Children’s Books On Manners

Children’s Books On Manners

Manners is one facet of social intelligence, which supports positive interpersonal and professional outcomes throughout life. While we’re never too old to improve upon our manners, it’s better for everyone involved to start early. Here are ten of our favorite books on...

Unschooling at Home

Unschooling at Home

Have you heard of the term “Unschooling”? Here’s what Pinterest says it is: Pinterest Marketing: "Unschooling," a movement focused on self-directed learning, has taken off in certain parts of the US. That’s why some parents are swapping out things like shop class for...

Homeschool Classroom Set-Up

Homeschool Classroom Set-Up

It’s official! We are learning from home this fall, a decision made by our school district here in Michigan to keep our children, teachers, families and school staff safe. Different decisions are being made around our country and from what I am reading on Facebook,...

Children’s Movies Based On Books

Children’s Movies Based On Books

Movies based on classic books have storylines so engaging that Hollywood has gotten behind them. Whether or not you’re a proponent of reading the book before you see the movie, here are ten favorites to share with family and friends. The BFGBased on the beloved...

We Have A Middle Schooler.. Help!

We Have A Middle Schooler.. Help!

The door just slammed and our eleven year old is furious with me for making her clean up her mess. In a few minutes, she will be back in a calm mood and will most likely apologize (she’s  good like that!) It’s a rollercoaster of emotions over here and we are just...

Children’s Books About Kindness

Children’s Books About Kindness

Always telling your kids to “be kind,” but not sure how to help them understand what it means or how to put it into action? These ten books explore the concept of kindness with courage and warmth. 1. THE POTATO CHIP CHAMPBy Maria DismondyAmazon I  BookShopChamp...

Parenting Book Review-Middle School Matters

Parenting Book Review-Middle School Matters

Seasons change and so do our seasons in parenting. Dave and I are entering a new season and it's called "Having a middle schooler!" To prepare, I have been reading, listening and exploring different approaches to this new phase our daughter is entering. The most...

Children’s Books To Raise Problem-Solvers

Children’s Books To Raise Problem-Solvers

Whether in the classroom, on the sports field, or at home, problem-solving helps kids thrive. These ten children’s books promote everyday problem-solving and resiliency, whether the issue be a missing toy or a struggling friendship. 1. STUCKBy Oliver JeffersAmazon...

EKWC The Podcast-Daily Parenting Tips & Hacks-July

EKWC The Podcast-Daily Parenting Tips & Hacks-July

Are you looking for quick tips as a parent to: learn parenting hacks that work?incorporate positive character into your daily routines?Have FUN with your kids, even when life gets hard?Find JOY in parenting? But WAIT–who has TIME to listen to a podcast? What if I told...

Books About Friendship

Books About Friendship

Understanding what a good friend is and how to be one is invaluable for children’s social wellbeing. These ten fun books demonstrate how to grow a caring, generous, and empathetic friendship. 1. STICK AND STONEBy Beth Ferry and Tom LichtenheldAmazon I ...

Summer Movies for Children

Summer Movies for Children

Summer is the perfect time for family movie nights, but it’s easy to feel like you’re running out of options. Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of our favorite children’s movies. Find more details at commonsensemedia.org to ensure the content is a good fit for...

PRIDE Books for Families

PRIDE Books for Families

Cardinal Rule Press is celebrating Pride month with a book line-up that promotes self-expression, diversity, and inclusion among young readers. Read on to explore our favorites, including the Cardinal Rule Press 2019 release DAZZLING TRAVIS. DAZZLING TRAVIS: A STORY...

Picture Books Set in India

Picture Books Set in India

Over the last several months I have been checking out books set in India from our local library. It is important remember that we can open our children's eyes to the world beyond their homes by simply reading a picture book. Diverse picture books allow children...

Book Review: Inspired Mama

Book Review: Inspired Mama

In the last few years, I have been declining books for review for simply a lack of time. If I am reading, it's a book that I want to read for personal growth or entertainment (my book club meets monthly!) However, this book showed up in my inbox and I was intrigued....

EKWC The Podcast-Daily Parenting Tips & Hacks-June

EKWC The Podcast-Daily Parenting Tips & Hacks-June

Are you looking for quick tips as a parent to: learn parenting hacks that work?incorporate positive character into your daily routines?Have FUN with your kids, even when life gets hard?Find JOY in parenting? But WAIT–who has TIME to listen to a podcast? What if I told...

Summer Planning Palooza ’20

Summer Planning Palooza ’20

Author and parent, Maria Dismondy, will be hosting an hour long workshop to help you plan a pleasant and extraordinary summer with your children. Find out how to be intentional about what you want out of your summer days and leave the old habit of over-scheduling or...

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