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7/15/2013

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.


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103 comments:

Prism said...

I try to encourage my children by thinking about why I automatically answer "no" to so many requests--why shouldn't they play out in the rain? Why shouldn't they dig holes in my backyard? Most of the time, "yes" is a much better answer to help them become the people I want them to grow into!

We would LOVE a Fandango gift card--it is hard to afford the luxury of taking the whole family out to see a movie--but it is so fun when we do~!

momo said...

I have always inspired my grown children now to follow their dreams when they were younger. All four of them have turned out to be great young adults.

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Mami2jcn said...

I encourage my children to follow their passions for art and music. My 8 year old is a budding artist, my 10 year old plays guitar and drums, and my 3 year old daughter takes ballet. I applaud their accomplishments and motivate them to keep doing their best.

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Kia89 said...

I don’t have kids, but I encourage my niece by telling her she can do anything she sets her mind to.
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Denise S. said...

I remind my kids that they can do anything they want and that God made everybody with a purpose.

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Tamar said...

We let them pursue whatever they want within limits.
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greenhome said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/greenhome1/status/356949830800650240

greenhome said...

always be encouraging, and listen to what they are saying and what they really dream about.

kellyr78 said...

I try to involve my kids in sports or activities that interest them. I also practice with them and encourage them to try their best to achieve their goals.
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kellyr78 said...

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sohamolina said...


By letting her to try as many avenues as possible.

sohamolina said...

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pauline15 said...

My kids have many interests and I keep them interested by keeping them involved. For example, my son has a huge fascination with computers, so I set him up with a summer programming camp at our local university!
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pauline15 said...

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Elena said...

I encourage my child by supporting his ideas and dreams and by teaching him to work hard

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Elena said...

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Ruth@GraceLaced said...

I encourage my boys by helping them align their dreams with things that actually matter for eternity...broadening their view beyond self.

Anonymous said...

We just always encourage our son to know that he can do pretty much anything he wants, it just takes practice. He really wants to be a super hero when he grows up, so we have a lot of conversations about what his day job would be! :)

clc408 said...

I encourage them to keep trying and point out that they have learned something even if they don't succeed.

clc408 said...

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Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I just make sure they know they are supported

channallocks said...

we encourage our daughter to follow her dreams riding her horses

jlafount said...

I have no kids. I would let me just play and learn about interacting with others in sport and fun

HilLesha said...

I take the time to listen to my son when he talks about his dreams and passions, even though he is just 7 years old. Even though some may not make sense, I encourage him, and remember that these are his dreams. :)

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wigget said...

we cheer them on really loudly

Nicole Larsen said...

I encourage my daughter to try new things--types of sports or activities and when I see she is really interested in something I push her to do the best she can at it and constantly be supportive of her in any decision she makes!

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rachel said...

I cheer them on and talk with them about their failures.

Dee said...
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Dee said...

I have two nieces and I don't try to encourage them the way a parent would. However, I do try to inspire them and open them up to new interests by taking them on day trips to local museums, concerts, and storytelling events at the library. We participate in arts and crafts classes once a month and bake together. I spend every Saturday morning and afternoon with them while my brother and his wife work so we try to make it a fun experience and I always applaud their efforts! Hopefully they feel comfortable enough to get excited over trying new things at other times! :)

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Dee said...

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julis55 said...

I challenge my children by enrolling them in sports.

Anastasia Fall said...

I challenge them by giving them steps to follow in order to reach their goals They want to go to the anime convention, then first they have to do chores to earn the money to get there! It's not just about giving them work to do though It's also about supporting and encouraging them and helping them find ways to get to where they want to go :)

Anastasia Fall said...

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Stephanie Larison said...

I encourage my daughter to keep trying even when she thinks it's too difficult to go on. I let her know anything that is truely important to her is worth fighting for to press on.

Heather said...

I encourage my kiddos by doing lots of different activities with them to foster a love of trying new things! I also sign them up for classes to help them learn and grow and find undiscovered talents!

Heather said...

Tweet!
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chambanachik said...

I try to speak as positively as possible and not knock down their ideas.

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JC said...

I encourage and support them to experience all they like, enjoy the process of trial and error. It was not always pleasant and smooth, however I do believe you got to give them chances to grow.
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merle said...

I tell them I’m proud of them. Encourage them to spend their time doing things at which they feel competent and valued
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kolpin said...

i think the key is to have them try many things, whether it's in the arts, sports, or intellectual pursuits, and see what they spark to or are good at--even if it's not necessarily what you desire. it's best that they find something that they're passionate about, not what they feel pushed into doing!

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kolpin said...

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Annie said...

I try to get them to try a lot of different things to build up their confidence!

Lisa Pecora said...

I encourage them to give it their all and to try their best.

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Jessi said...
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Jessi said...

Lots of encouraging going on here with a curious toddler and my first time as a parent (single, at that)!

AnnaZed said...

It's a job encouraging girls to follow dreams that don't involve being princesses; I focus on the 'you can do that' type of stuff (art, sports, crafts, and math & science!)

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AnnaZed said...

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Rebecca Graham said...

By being involved in educational activities.

wigget said...

we try to expose them to different opportunities to find out what they like

Kim said...

I always tell them that they can do anything they put their mind to
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bunnyswagg said...

I always encourage my children to try new things and for it to be okay not to embrace it thoroughly. Following dreams takes confidence.

bunnyswagg said...

I tweeted
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steve weber said...

tell them to work hard, and to never give up and don't listen to what anyone says.

cw said...

I encourage my daughter to try new things and use her imagination.

clynsg said...

My kids are older, so the encouragement frequently consists of being a sounding board as they think out pros and cons, ins and outs of different things. I sometimes point out things they don't seem to have considered, but it is pretty self-directed by now.

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one frugal lady said...

I sit with my kids once a month to make a schedule, and I love when they have tons of feedback! IT's something to look forward to every month, even if it is as small as a trip to the library or learning a new sport!
I also show my kids that hard work pays off, my husband and I are in the process of opening our own business, so the kids really see how things can happen if you really try!

ky2here said...

By teaching them critical thinking and supporting their decisions.

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

I encourage my kids by being their biggest and loudest cheerleader! I always let them know that anything can be accomplished if you work hard enough at it and I support them every step of they way!!
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Aleksandra Nearing said...

I encourage my daughter to practice her piano.
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Anonymous said...

By setting a good example and being their biggest support.

cassandra mccann said...

I give them tasks based on their individual strong points
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Karen said...

We let them dream BIG and encourage them by finding similar activities to build their confidence !!

MCantu1019 said...

I tell them they can do anything they want to do.
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Erica C. said...

We give them small tasks that they can complete so they feel confident.
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Janice Crespo said...

Be their biggest cheerleader!

Kenny Fensom said...

show them a good example

Erica Best said...

i do not have kids but i live when my nephew learn somehing new and trying to find his way in the world

Erica Best said...

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Joseph Wallace said...

I encourage them by helping them build confidence in themselves.

Charity/CC said...

I am always encouraging my son to strive for greatness.

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K. Cleaver said...

We use positive reinforcement.

Betty C said...

My children are adults now but I always tried to find ways to let them achieve small steps on the way to a big goal.

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Mary Jensen said...

I encourage them to tell me anything. And when they do, I never ever talk them down.

Betty C said...

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Tracy said...

I show them new things and how they are done and tell them they can do anything they put their mind to. tracyparral at yahoo dot com

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jperry said...

I encourage them to overcome their fears, celebrate their successes & walk with them through their failures

Mihaela Day said...

I encourage my children to achieve their goals by supporting them and by encouraging creativity and confidence

Susan Smoaks said...

I encourage our kids to reach for their goals by asking them how they are doing, what they want to do and how they plan to do it!

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ashley said...

I don't have kids but I did I would encourage them to try new things even if they are scared.

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vegan4life said...

by positive reinforcement of what they want to be darkreve@care2.com vivian

Tabathia said...

By encouraging them to follow their dreams, try different things and to challenge themselves

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Tabathia said...

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tina reynolds said...

I encourage them by letting them know I believe in them and that anything is possible when you try. I think being positive is the best thing

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giggling kids said...

I encourage my kids my kids by encouraging them to do anything they set their mind to. My motto to them is the bible verse "With God all things are possible."

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Anonymous said...


I always tell them to believe in themselves and that you wont know if you like something or not unless you try it!
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Thomas Murphy said...

I tell my kids they can be anything they want if they put the hard work in.

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Thomas Murphy said...

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Rachel said...

we tell her she can be whatever she wants to be when she grows up.

Danielle Van Name said...

Encourage their creativity and allow them to dream big!

Anna Pry said...

we homeschool so our kids can focus on subjects that they enjoy and have opportunities to follow their own dreams in life

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Melinda said...

I encourage him to try new things and expose him to many new things - granted he's only 8 months, but new book, new toys, new textures, rain on his skin, puddles after the warm summer storms, sandy beaches etc
You never know what you'll want to be or do in life until you know what's out there!

Melinda said...

tweeted

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