A Blog By Maria Dismondy

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 for Kids

Summer Planning for Kids

There are four areas to consider in planning the BEST summer with your kids! These tips from author and parent Maria Dismondy will help you build intention to make the most of every summer day without feeling over-scheduled or overwhelmed. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS...

Face Care Routine #ThisIs40

Face Care Routine #ThisIs40

Is it vain to be thinking about my FACE during a worldwide pandemic? You may think so. The way I look at it, other people are taking time to binge watch Tiger King, so let’s not judge either side! I think it’s okay for me to use the extra anxious time we all feel...

STEAM Children’s Books for All

STEAM Children’s Books for All

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In the past, these were not areas girls and women were encouraged to study. Today, we embrace equality across genders and encourage our boys and girls to engage in play and learning that leads...

At-Home Learning with Maria

At-Home Learning with Maria

As soon as Maria got word that schools were closing for an unknown number of weeks due to Covid-19, she put a plan into action. Maria set up a virtual classroom. Three days a week, 30 minutes for each class, in video format-LIVE and FREE. You can find out more here....

At-Home Affirmations by Maria

At-Home Affirmations by Maria

  During this uncertain time in our country, where we are asked to shelter in place while our health heroes stand on the front line helping save patients affected by Covid-19, anxiety is at an all time high. Health Care workers aren't the only ones working day...