A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Parenting Books To Raise Kind & Caring Kids

Parenting Books To Raise Kind & Caring Kids

Today we want to share a round up of parenting books that focus on character development. It’s proven science that we are not born with certain character traits such as empathy, kindness and generosity. These traits are developed over time. Our children learn from our...

The Winning Power of Resilience in Sports

The Winning Power of Resilience in Sports

BOUNCING FORWARD We’ve all heard about someone being a “sore loser”. But when it comes to kids, losing can feel worse than ‘sore’… it can feel like the end of the world! That’s why developing the good sportsmanship muscle is so crucial for kids. And, let’s face it,...

Growth Mindset Makes a Lifelong Difference

Growth Mindset Makes a Lifelong Difference

“You’re so smart!” This sounds like the perfect thing to tell your kids, right? Surprisingly, it’s not. Well, not exactly. While it’s clearly a positive thing to say, studies on kids and praise have shown that telling children they’re “smart” encourages a fixed...

Using Books to Teach Inclusion!

Using Books to Teach Inclusion!

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. On September 12th, Maria shared a unique and out-of-the-box idea for teaching children about inclusion. You can watch the...

Dazzling Travis Reader’s Guide

Dazzling Travis Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about the books we are publishing over at Cardinal Rule Press and how they are out there in the world making a difference. In homes, classrooms, medical offices and more! It's great to see the impact they are having on empowering our children with...

Back to School Round-Up

Back to School Round-Up

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. Between August 18th to August 25th, Maria Dismondy and NJ Ronger collaborated to share helpful back-to-school tips in the...

Back-To-School Books!

Back-To-School Books!

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. On August 1st, Maria opened the month by giving us a great list of back-to-school books. You can watch the video here. I love...

LGBTQ Books, Part 2

LGBTQ Books, Part 2

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. In honor of LGBTQ during the month of June, Maria gave us some books to read! She gave us the first set of books on June 6th...

LGBTQ Books, Part 1

LGBTQ Books, Part 1

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. In honor of LGBTQ, Maria gave us some books to read!She gave us the first set of books on June 6th and you can watch the...

The Ins and Outs When Your Child Comes Out

The Ins and Outs When Your Child Comes Out

IT CAN BE TOUGH TO KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD OR LOVED ONE TELLS YOU THEY’RE LGBTQ. Especially if it catches you off guard. (Which, it likely will. Even if you had a hunch.)  For starters, let’s cover the acronym: “LGBTQ” stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

Kindness in the Home!

Kindness in the Home!

Maria goes live every other week, taking turns between her author Facebook page and her private Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. For this one, she talks about kindness in the home and all through Summer (yes, even though it’s only the beginning of May!)....

Dazzling Travis Lesson Plan

Dazzling Travis Lesson Plan

Every other week Maria brings lesson plans that you can use in the classroom, based off her own books. Today’s lesson plan was based off of the book Dazzling Travis, written by Hannah Carmona Dias, illustrated by Brenda Figueroa and published by Maria’s company...

The Good in Goodbye

The Good in Goodbye

THIS CLIP IS CONSIDERED BY SOME TO BE A MASTER CLASS IN TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT DEATH. I know, yuck! Death!? Why am I talking about the “D” word!? We don’t want to talk about it as adults and it’s way too heavy to address with kids, right? Not exactly. When Sesame...

The Importance of Saying NO!

The Importance of Saying NO!

Maria goes live every other week, answering your questions, in the Empowering Kids with Character Facebook group. For this one, she talks about the importance of saying no to your children and gives us some healthy ways to say this.You can watch the video here. Maria...