A Blog By Maria Dismondy

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....

TWO Puppies During the Pandemic and Survived!

TWO Puppies During the Pandemic and Survived!

My husband always said he didn’t want pets. He married me while I had an 18 lb, long haired cat. Shortly after we had our first baby, I became highly allergic to my sweet kitty and gave him to a family who would love him just as much, if not more, than I did. For...

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...

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...

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...

Tidy Up in 2020

Tidy Up in 2020

Organizing and decluttering are two of my favorite things to do. But having a child certainly makes it harder. Not only do we have a lot more STUFF around the house, but it’s also a daily battle keeping things from getting out of hand (game pieces, puzzles, LEGOs… oh...