Disney Planes - Be Brave and Follow Your Dreams

As a parent I am always trying to teach my children.  It starts with first words and steps, moves to letters and numbers, and eventually they grow to an age where it is less about physical accomplishments and more about personal growth.  I want to teach my children to be kind and caring, to be hard working, teach them to be brave, and teach them to set goals and to reach for them.  I want to teach them to dream and to go after those dreams.

I love when movies reinforce the same messages that I am trying to instill in my children.  Disney's new animated movie, Planes, does just that.

Dusty, a single-prop crop duster, dreams of seeing the world outside of his home town.  He signs up to participate in the Wings Around the Globe rally, despite his fear of heights.  This message really hit home with me because I have a daughter with a fear of heights that has a dream of visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Dusty is surrounded by characters that help him work towards his dream and they all use their own personalities and skill sets to do so.  Just like parenting styles differ, these characters all have their own approach.  They all want what is best for Dusty.  

I personally am a bit like Dottie.  I use a little tough love when helping my kids try to reach their goals.  My daughters typically need a little softer approach.  I try to tone myself down a bit with them, but I have been really lucky that they have had some great teachers who have a softer touch like Chug, the big fuel truck with a lovable heart.  I truly believe it takes a village to raise good children which is why I am so thankful for extended family and friends who all encourage my kids in different ways.  You never know what a child might need to help motivate them, so it is nice when you have a great well of resources to draw from.  Dusty needed Dottie, Chug, and Skipper, the tough football coach type who reminds him that if he's going to race, he's going to have to do it right.

Do you have a special way that you challenge your children to follow their dreams?  Leave me a comment letting me know how you encourage your children follow their dreams and you will be entered to win a $100 Fandango.com gift card.

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