A Blog By Maria Dismondy

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...

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...

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....

Cookie & Milk Reader’s Guide

Cookie & Milk 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...

The Potato Chip Champ Reader’s Guide

The Potato Chip Champ Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about my books 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 character lessons. Did you know that EACH book...

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...

The Fruit Salad Friend Reader’s Guide

The Fruit Salad Friend Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about my books 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 character lessons. Did you know that EACH book...

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor Reader’s Guide

Chocolate Milk, Por Favor Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about my books 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 character lessons. Did you know that EACH book...

Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Reader’s Guide

Pink Tiara Cookies for Three Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about my books 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 character lessons. Did you know that EACH book...

The Jelly Donut Difference Reader’s Guide

The Jelly Donut Difference Reader’s Guide

We know you know all about my books 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 character lessons. Did you know that EACH book...

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,...