A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Game Time

Game Time

Nothing is quite as serious at our house as game time. And while football reigns supreme in my part of the world during this crisp time of year, I’m referring to another kind of game. The board game. My family loves a good board game. Whether it be one requiring skill...

Reason for the Seasons

Reason for the Seasons

There is a reason for the seasons. I am not a scientist and I won’t get all technical on you but it has to do with the Earth and its tilted axis. As I live and learn, I am finding there are seasons in my own life that have nothing to do with the Earth and its tilted...

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

What do YOU think? Resilience. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger? We each have our story and I wonder, do you believe that saying? I do, when I am far enough away from the trauma or trying times that we had gone through. But when you are in it? Geesh, looking for...

FOMO: Do you have it?

FOMO: Do you have it?

Do you remember a time when you were young and you wanted to be included, but you weren’t? It’s a terrible feeling. It’s strange that now as an adult, it doesn’t bother me much at all. When I first heard of the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) I thought, “That’s...

#BetterTogether

#BetterTogether

The pandemic was pushing groups of people apart because of their personal views on masks and vaccines, heck, it was dividing families as well. Then we started to see hate and violence against racial groups. Unfair and unjust. I started to pay attention to what, if...

The Contagion to Spread

The Contagion to Spread

There is something WE DO want to spread these days and it’s kindness. As a society, we have been challenged in more than one way over the last few years. But something that hasn’t expired is the power KINDNESS has in a home, community and in the world. Let’s dive into...

I DReamed of Making Tacos

I DReamed of Making Tacos

My mom likes to tell the story that as a child, I wanted to grow up and make tacos as my job. If you consider the fact that our family eats tacos every Tuesday night, I think my dream has come true! In our family, there are a lot of individuals who do not have college...

With so much DARKNESS, Here is LIGHT

With so much DARKNESS, Here is LIGHT

Hi all, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a heartfelt message to you! Guess what, this month I am going to be sending you several. There have been so many ups and downs in our world over the last few years, I wanted to spread some LIGHT, since darkness continues to...

Connecting with Your Teen

Connecting with Your Teen

Who out there is raising a teen or almost teen and feels like they are failing miserably?I am raising my hand over here. It’s a new part of parenting that Dave and I are navigating. I think we are doing well and other days it feels like we just can’t get it right....

10 LGBTQ Picture Books

10 LGBTQ Picture Books

"LGBTQ Pride is important for kids, families, and allies because we must work together for equal rights not only under the law but culturally. Visibility is everything, and we are all in this fight together," said Ricardo Cooper, who is helping to coordinate a family...

Picture Books for Summer

Picture Books for Summer

School just let out, it’s probably getting hotter, and you are preparing your child for all their summer activities. While it’s important to keep them active outside, it's also equally crucial to keep their minds active. Reading picture books can be a fun way for them...