New Disney Planes Movie…we’re all excited! (Plus, a $100 Fandango gift card giveaway.)

The following is a sponsored post but all opinions and experiences are mine.  Once I was asked if I was willing to talk about the new Planes movie coming out, I jumped all over it.  It was a no-brainer…….because our kids are psyched!!  Let me tell you why…

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How about a little something fun and chill for today. 

 

And if you read on to the end, there’s a little something free at the end that would help fund a really cool family outing. :)

 

My little guy Connor (who’s 5 now) and Elli (who’s 6), completely adored the movie Cars as little toddlers. Big surprise, right? I’m sure yours did/does too! Connor and Elli loved Lightning McQueen’s speed, would laugh at Mater’s silly humor, and always thought Doc Hudson’s secret was so cool. They would race each other around the house, as fast as their stubby little toddler legs would carry them, and would impersonate different characters from the movie. But let’s be real, that movie is equally enjoyed by my husband and I as well. We have found ourselves impersonating Tow Mater’s quirky sayings on more than one occasion.  (Don’t pretend like you haven’t talked in the Mater voice…..I know you have!)

 

That’s why, when Cars 2 was released, we were ALL equally excited.

 

But have you heard about the newest Disney film that takes place in the world above Cars? Yeah, the movie is called Planes. And if you have young kids of your own, you’ve probably known this for a long time. Because you have most likely been asked, oh, 39 times already, “is the Planes movie ready to watch yeeeeeeeeet?!?!

 

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Soon enough, it will be. So we just watch the trailer for Planes a trillion times instead, to help curb some of that excitement!

 

And Connor runs around with his planes, filling in the gaps of the story line.

 

Let me tell you…….he is READY for this Dusty character to come alive on the big screen. You know, the crop duster plane who wants to fly with the high-flying heroes. I guess it makes sense why Connor is drawn to Dusty, because my little guy is a dreamer. He doesn’t notice his limitations most of the time and wants to fly higher than he is sometimes able. He usually wants to try hard things and loves to tell me, “hey mom, let me do that. I know I can do that……I KNOW I can!!“. I love his spunk!

 

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And while I’m seeing similarities in Connor and that Dusty character, I really hope that I can be a little more like ‘Fuel Truck Chug’ and be a bold supporter of even the craziest of dreams. I know I need to stay grounded (and teach Connor about reality and let him feel failure) but dang it, who I am to hold this kid back? If he wants to fly with the big guys…….I’m gonna try my best to polish up his wings and give him a little push down the runway.

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And, oh, that Dusty.  I like the underdog to win. I love to see the unnoticed get noticed. And I love to watch the excitement of the dreamer in all of us unfold a little more. The characters are all different……some support Dusty, some are realistic with him, and some try to tear him down. And yeah, that’s life. But I just hope I can be a parent who can bend down and take a peek through their little lenses more often.

 

Little Connor (and Elli and Chloe too!), I hope you’ll always dream big. And take chances. Even when others try to talk you out of it.

 

 

Dream on, little buddy!

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Only another month before we can grab our salty buckets of popcorn and sit back and enjoy a great family film.

 

I know, so nerdy, but we’re all excited for it! :)

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407 Responses to “New Disney Planes Movie…we’re all excited! (Plus, a $100 Fandango gift card giveaway.)”
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    T says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

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    kasia says:

    meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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    Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

    I don’t have any kiddos (yet) but I plan on helping them follow their dreams by listening to them and supporting their dreams – whether that is to take a karate class or sign up for clown school or enroll in a science camp. :)

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    Becca says:

    We are a try try try family. When the boys get frustrated we take a break and try again.

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    Martha K says:

    The rule is: give everything a chance… try everything one time. For my oldest (6), he has a notebook in which he writes down obtainable things that he would like to do and we check them off as he accomplishes them. Keeping a small, simple journal makes what we say more “permanent” and memorable for little minds. :)

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    kasia says:

    i give her all opportunities to try what she might like :dancing gymnastics soccer :)

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    Melanie says:

    I challenge my kids by trying to give them many opportunities to grow…..I encourage them to try new things and to keep going even if it is hard.

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    Catherine says:

    I make a conscious effort to stay out of their way. I let them explore and create their own opinions.

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    Kindra says:

    I encourage my 3-yr-old daughter to try many things to find what she likes. We have noticed that she LOVES dancing and we are planning to cut back on other things in order to enroll her in dance class. She is so excited.

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    Caroline says:

    I try to give my kids different opportunities and experiences so they can discover themselves what they truly love. Then they can choose their dream from what they enjoy and go from there. Great giveaway:)

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    Andrea C says:

    Try it, if you don’t succeed, try a different way! :)

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    Shelby says:

    You made me tear up while I read that!! (Could be the pregnancy hormones…but I don’t think so. ha!) I’ve been an early childhood teacher for a few years because I love how unbridled they are at that age! My kindergarteners had imaginations like you wouldn’t believe! What is so sad to me is how they lose that creative spark and ability to dream big as they get older, partly due to the school systems, if I do say so myself. My daughter is only getting close to two, but I already try to foster her creativity so that hopefully it won’t get squashed as she gets older. Like with my classroom kiddos, I always try to encourage different ways of accomplishing tasks, even if they’re sometimes messier or take longer. It’s HARD to do that, and it doesn’t come naturally, as a mom OR a teacher, but it’s really the best way to let them test themselves and try out their theories. Young minds are such beautiful and amazing things! There are no limits to what these children can accomplish when they have the chance to spread their wings and have someone to believe in them!! Thanks for this sweet, touching post!! I am always thankful for movies with messages like this, especially in the sea of trashy movies out there these days, even ones disguised as kids movies!!

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    Anita says:

    I encourage my daughter to be focused and to follow through with all the steps to achieving her dreams. Thank you for the chance to win an awesome prize.

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    Amy says:

    I hope we win… our 3 yo is ready for his first movie theatre trip :)

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    Kim says:

    Our family rule is to try new things and never give up. It is hard to hit a baseball the first time you try but the 15th time, it is not so hard. Our boys love trying new things when they know whether they they have success or not so much, that we are proud of them for trying and love them so much.

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    Amber says:

    I love this post…we are so excited to add another fun film to our list of favorites!

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    Alicia B says:

    My oldest is 3 1/2, so we’re helping her learn how to pretend to be whatever she wants to be-which at this point, is usually a princess :)

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    Aubreyb says:

    I try to allow my kids to be themselves – for example, sometimes my kids are shy and I want them to be a little more outgoing, but I just try to continually remind myself that they are their own little people and they will follow their dreams the way they are meant to.

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    Jaclyn says:

    My kiddo is only 3 and we’ve been working on being more independent. I’m a SAHM and we are together always we’ve been encouraging him to use his strengths and imagination. He loves McQueen and we have used so many examples from the movies about doing whats right so you are on a path to “win big” and complete even the biggest of dreams. We encourage him to use his imagination and try new things.

    He too is way excited about the Planes movie. We read the book everynight before bed. It will be his first movie in the theater! It will be a whole family affair! What can I say? I’m a Disney nerd from the beginning!

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    Stephanie says:

    Encourage kids to try things at least once and see how they like it.

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    The Mrs. says:

    Let the kids try new things like gymnastics, soccer, to see what they enjoy or excel at. Their so young right now that exposure to as much as possible is the goal.

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    cherish says:

    DS is just 6 right now. But we encourage his interests in all his drawing and story telling right now. He is also going to a Fine Arts Academy elem school! One of his dreams is to be a Jedi, so my DH plays with Light Sabers all the time!!

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    Lisa says:

    I don’t have kids yet but I would listen, support, and just love.

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    lisa jack says:

    i tell my oldest (5 & 18) to do whatever makes them happy. worry less about being financially rich & worry more about being true to their passions & keep God in their hearts.

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    Leslie Bascom says:

    I challenge my children to follow their dreams, by encouraging them to work towards their goals, and help them learn to save money for things such as new toys, and not putting their dreams down.

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    Alicia says:

    I tell my kids to “just try it,” if they fail it’s ok. There’s a lot of “5th time’s the charm” at our house.

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    Anoush says:

    I don’t have kids but as much as I can think, to achieve dreams, don’t put limitations on them! As much as is realistic let them explore and learn new things and encourage them.

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    Miriam Prantner says:

    I’m not sure I do this overtly/challenge them, but I specifically try and leave all options/avenues open to the kids. If they are interested in something, we will borrow books, look up information online, talk about what you have to do to be able to do that particular thing. If it’s a type of activity, we usually wait to make sure they really want to do it, but then look for some classes that they can participate in.

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    Kara burns says:

    I always make my girls try hard things. It doesn’t matter if they don’t get it or have to do it again, they just have to try and realize they can do hard things!

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    Amy says:

    I’m sooooo excited for the movie. My little guy is plane crazy and I’m hoping that will help him at his very first theater movie! Fingers crossed!

    I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by expanding. I let them follow their interests, even if it has my little boy running around in his sister’s princess dresses. Then I try to get their little minds going by asking questions to help them really think about their pretend story and develop it. We also love to figure out how things work and then spot them other places. It gives them confidence in understanding their world and they are proud!

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    Catherine Tucker says:

    To always keep trying even if the first few tries don’t work out.

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    Kami Shaw says:

    I always want my boys be willing to try new things and be off for new adventures.

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    Brooke says:

    I always encourage my kids to never give up and keep trying! Even when they’re feeling discouraged because it isn’t working out the way they originally thought it would.

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    Kris says:

    We challenge our oldest (and he littles when they get big enough) to follow dreams by listening to what those dreams are as well as asking. We then help her research what steps it takes to make them come true and start at the begining step.

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    Anonymous says:

    My boys are sooooooo excited for this movie. Ages 5 and 7 and we still watch Cars and Cars 2 regularly, I can’t wait for a new movie to add to the mix.

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    Teresa F says:

    I tell my four boys to do what they what but I try to spend as much time with them as possible to hopefully steer them in the right direction. Thank you

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    Keri says:

    I try to give my son opportunities to try new things and use his imagination. I think by developing that now he will be able to get what he wants when he is older.

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    Angela McMillan says:

    The best thing I can do to help my children follow their dreams is to shut my mouth and let them do their thing. =) So many times I find myself telling them they can’t do something, when really they can.

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    Lindsay H says:

    Well, my children are only 2.5 and 1.5 years old, so I don’t think they have many dreams other than lunch, but I want to encourage them to start to dream. We do that by reading lots and having them help us around the house whenever they can, even if that means more work for us. Sam (the 2.5 yr old) loves his watering can, picking vegetables in the garden or sitting on the kitchen counter helping to cook. It is so much fun.

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    Nikki says:

    I let my kids see me try new things and either succeed or fail (which is the more common result. Ha!) and then they see me get up and try again. Lead by example.

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    Angie Ward says:

    As a mom of six kids it is fun to see all of their personalities and dreams be so different. As they grow their dreams seems to constantly change, so I just go with the flow and explain to them ways they can make their dreams a reality.

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    Kim says:

    My 5yo has a beautiful adventurous spirit … you know, the kind that gives all mothers a migraine. :) Sometimes, I have to turn away and think “He’ll be okay. He’s a boy. After all, that’s what hospitals are for”. Of course, he’s not juggling knives or eating fire, he’s just climbing, running and jumping off anything that will stand still long enough. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Nikki says:

    I let my kids see my try new things and either succeed or fail (which is the more common result! Ha!) and then they seem me get back up and try again. Lead by example

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    Kinley Ricks says:

    I try to expose them to everything I can and then help them learn all about whatever it is they decide to love… It usually changes every few months, but it keeps things interesting.

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    Teresa says:

    My kids are grown but I always encouraged them to follow their dreams and work hard to accomplish them.

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    Jaime says:

    my children are very creative. In their creativity they show their dreams. As a (former?) scrapbooker I have a drawer of scraps. (hey nothing is trash, you can use it all) So there are occasions that I turn them loose in the scrap drawer. It is amazing the things they come up with. They design some impressive things when they are not given any rules.

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    lisa hansen says:

    we too are ExCiTeD for this movie!!

    I love my kids having an imagination and when they come up with a “plan”, I try and help them bring that plan to life. Let them try lots of different things, activities, etc and see what sparks them into moving forward on their own.

    thanks for the chance to remember what is important…..living in the now and being active w/ my kiddos :]

    ~lisa

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    Janell says:

    I encourage and help them to try the things that they are excited about and to try the new things they learn about.

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    Diana says:

    I encourage them to try new things, find books to explore their interests, and let them have time to create and wonder, along with their daily responsibilities (because persuing dreams requires hard work and responsibility, too).

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    Beth says:

    We have to give kids lots of opportunities to try new things, then be a cheerleader when they want to pursue an interest.

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    Lynette says:

    My kiddo is only 14 months, so my answer is a little different, but I mainly just let him explore. If he wants a real object to play with, most of the time I let him at it! I watch close, and obviously don’t give him anything unsafe, and most of the time he’s safe. Right now it means I stand and hold him on the tractor (yes, a real one!) so he can ‘drive,’ it. :)

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    Rebecca M says:

    We talk about their dreams and try to talk through what it would be like to have their dream come to fruition

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    I give lots of positive reinforcement to my 2 year old to do what he loves.

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    Anne says:

    My little guy has a lot of interests and I try and feed them when he becomes obsessed. Right now he loves dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist so we read books about dinosaurs, follow dino news (new dinosaur in Utah!) and help him learn about everything he would do. Kids are never too young to start teaching and introducing new things!

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    Melissa M. says:

    Mostly we just encourage our children when they find something new they’d like to do, and let them explore and learn from what works and what doesn’t. And if it doesn’t work the first time, we try to give other opportunities for trying again later, maybe when they’ve grown a little and have more coordination.

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    Jenni says:

    We encourage reading, exploring, trying new things, imagination and keep going even when things are hard. We tell them that their dreams are possible if they work hard. We have fun. We are so excited for Planes!

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    Cindy Clawson says:

    My son would LOVE it!

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    When my daughters are trying something new, there are times of failure and frustration. We just tell them to keep trying and not to give up, and then ask them to recognize how good it feels when they accomplish what they wanted to on their own!

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    Kat F. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize. I challenge my grandkids to follow their dreams by providing them with opportunities to explore new things & to present them with questions but to also answer their questions.

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    Ellen says:

    I give my boys an opportunity to struggle when they try to do something new or difficult. I give them just that extra few seconds to show them that I believe in them and their abilities. I try to remain calm but on the inside I am preparing myself for how to complete the quickest rescue. I know I’ve freaked out many other moms on the playground because even they think I don’t care or am not paying attention. The best reward is the smile they have when they muster through and complete whatever it is they are trying and say something like “I didn’t think I could, but you knew I could do it!”

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    Rebekah says:

    I try to encourage mine by telling them they can do it!!!

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    Lisa says:

    My daughter is only 2 so I don;t know what her dreams are yet, but for right now I think encouraging her to use her imagination is a good start.

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    Lynne says:

    My children are older (but still love Disney movies) and I have always encouraged them to try things that interest them. I support them in the sports they have been wanting to participate in, or the beauty pageants, or the karate classes, art classes, gymnastics, etc. Not only support them by taking them to and from and paying for the lessons, but if something scares me that they want to learn, like horse-back riding, (I’m petrified of horses), I take the lessons with them. One child loves all sports and continued to play baseball, basketball, soccer, karate for many years. Another child tried all of the same sports and wanted to try gymnastics. He found his true love in horses! Another child loves music and art and continues focusing on his art in his job. A daughter loved the beauty pageants, but not too much as a contestant, but loved the makeup and hair. She has gone on to cosmetology school. I’ve always encouraged each child to find what they love!

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    Kristie R. says:

    My kids are still young, but i think encouraging them to use their imagination and explore the world around them is a good place for them to begin to figure out what those “dreams” are.

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    Lisa says:

    I just encourage them all along the way!

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    Martha says:

    I don’t have any kids to challenge and encourage in following their dreams (3 lost to miscarriages), but my husband and I look forward with hope to the day that God does give us children to raise and love. I think that it’s important to show them that God has blessed them with so many talents and gifts, and they should pursue those dreams, the things that they love to do, for His glory!

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    Dannielle says:

    I encourage my kids to make a plan…start practicing for what they are dreaming for. Set goals and try, try, try! They are so capable, even more so if mama thinks so! :)

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    Bethany says:

    My kids are 2 and 4 so the main thing we do to encourage them in pursuing their dreams is not to put limits on them. If they say they want to be a dinosaur or Lightning McQueen we don’t tell them they can’t. I think our job as parents is to let them dream wild impossible dreams so they know we’ll support them when their dreams become more realistic.

    Both my kids love Cars and it’s characters. We are planning on taking my son to it. He already talks about seeing it “at the end if the summer.” My younger one will have to wait for it on DVD. I’m not sure she would sit still for the whole thing in a theater.

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    Jaimee S. says:

    I just encourage my kids to TRY whatever it is that they are interested in. If you never try, you can never fly!

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    Mami2jcn says:

    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.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    Mami2jcn says:

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    Challenging our little 3 year old to follow her dreams consists of when she mentions wanting to play things like baseball, soccer, dancing, we find anything in the house that could help us attempt to play! Baseball consists of a backwards fireman’s hat, short pool noodle, and a tiny beach ball! When she get’s excited about trains or the color pink, we do all within our power to get library books, movies about them, or just paint with the specific color! It’s load of fun to try to see things the way she sees them and get excited about it too!

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    Melissa Barry says:

    I encourage them to read about things that interest them to learn about the practicalities of it, and if they’re still interested we go out and try it.

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    Annie says:

    I let my little girl know that if she wants to do/be something, that she has to work hard and keep practicing.

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    bethany mclean says:

    I grew up playing outside all day with my siblings. It really helped me learn to imagine and think. I encourage my kids to do same!

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    Maria Malaveci says:

    I challenge them to follow their dreams by always staying positive of what they show an interest in, and telling them to always follow what is in their hearts!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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    KimD says:

    Positive comments about things he’s interested in and unconditional love! We would LOVE to win this gift card as there are several movies coming out my son wants to see. Thanks and have a great day!

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    chandra says:

    We have been working on overcoming fears this summer. Being intentional about it how we roll. Finding opportunities to talk about it or try new things.

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    Lizet says:

    I tell my 4 year old son he can be whatever he wants to be I ask him what he wants to be almost everyday if he wants to be a pirate then we find ways to make a sword out of blocks we figure it out or he wants to be Spider-Man then he wears his Spider-Man shirt we do a lot of pretending

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    Rebecca N says:

    I’d love to win!!

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    mrsblocko says:

    When my daughter expresses an interest in something I try to do my best to find things that relate to that for her to do. For example she loves space and planets so we got a membership to the planetarium.

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    amy says:

    Trying new things!

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    NaDell says:

    By talking about them!

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    As a mom of 6, we try to encourage our kids to try new things, support them in the choices they make, and love them no matter what!

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    Courtney A says:

    Looks like a great movie and something a little different that the regular Disney flicks! Crossing my fingers.

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    Liza says:

    we encourage the kids to do what they would like, we have 5 kids, 4 of which are boys, we sacrifice things for opportunities for them :)

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    Blogged about this!

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    Sarah G says:

    Sweeeeet giveaway! This could help to buy at least one popcorn at the movies right?

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    Jenni J says:

    I let my kids know that if they work hard and never give up, their dreams can come true! The key is that they have to actively work toward success.

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    Jen F. says:

    I continue to offer options for her to experience new things to see what she likes, and where she’s talented. I never say “you can’t do that/become that”.

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    Rebecca says:

    I tell my girls they can be anything they want! And try to remember to encourage them in any new ventures.

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    barbara n says:

    I challenge my kids by providing lots of fun opportunities for exploration and fun

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    Britney L. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like to challenge my kids to live their dreams by taking them to the library once a week. Where else can a child’s imagination really soar and be opened to the possibilities of life. I also like to think that I encourage my kids to be “go getters” by first being one myself….

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    Ali says:

    I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by having high expectations for them and then helping them find ways to succeed. We’re all about brainstorming and using our imaginations here!

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    Carolyn says:

    My daughter is two, so we haven’t addressed this too much. But I try to encourage the “it’s ok, just try again” idea when I can.

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    Alysha says:

    I help my kids follow their dreams by teaching them that they need to work as hard as they can for them, and then not be afraid to ask for help after they’ve done all they can. We love Cars and Planes!

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    Tera Comia says:

    At this point we only have a 2 year old. I try to encourage him in EVERYTHING he does. I want him to know that I support him 100% in all he does. I think encouragement goes a long way in helping him feel he can do anything.

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    Romina says:

    I have very young children and the most I do to encourage them is to just listen to what they say they want to do and be excited for them.

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    Christa says:

    I never let them feel as if their dreams aren’t important, and encourage them to never give up!

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    Danielle says:

    I think it’s important to let them keep dreaming. It’s a thin line between encouraging them to follow their dreams and pushing them into something they really don’t love. Teaching them to work towards they’re goals, whatever they may be.

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    Raechel says:

    My 5 yr old is a natural athelete, and we encourage and coach as much as possible, without over involving him in activities and sports that over lap.

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    Dorothea says:

    We never talked about limitations…if he wanted to do something, we focused on how to accomplish that goal. He’s a grown man now, and he’s living the dream he’s had since he was in the 4th grade!

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    boswell0617 says:

    My little one is still so young, but I encourage her to follow her dreams by believing in them for her, until she is old enough to figure out what they are. She fulfilled my dream, and I will help her in anyway I can to fulfill her own. Right now it is about believing in her and telling her how great she is. You are smart. You are kind. You are important. and so many more words of wisdom and encouragement.

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    Sonya says:

    I try to step back and let them try something without me (as hard as it is to see them fall or drop the ball or not “get” whatever it is), because whenever they do “get” it, they are SOOOO proud of themselves for doing it.

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    Monique says:

    My son is still very young but I am trying to help him build a work ethic and to be imaginative. If you work hard, you can accomplish anything you could ever dream up.

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    Colleen reynolds says:

    We are so excited to see Planes!

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    Kim E says:

    We encourage them to try new things and to not give up if it doesn’t go well the first time. We also try to introduce them to things that they would like based off their interests and personalities.

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    Nikki F. says:

    We encourage our little to never give up. He can get easily frustrated so we work on taking a deep breath and trying again. We like to acknowledge the little achievements to show that he can do anything he dreams of.

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    Kristina C. says:

    “How do you challenge your children to follow their dreams?” Encourage her imagination! Whether that means that we are “going the the airport” instead of really just driving to school in the the morning or we are using leaves from the bushes out back as “makeup” when we are getting ready to go grocery shopping :)

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    Erin says:

    My kids are too young to have dreams yet, but I make sure to allow plenty of freedom to explore and experiment.

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    Ellie W says:

    We encourage our boys to try whatever they think they would like to do. Sometimes they realize it’s not for them. As in the case with karate. But sometimes it’s something that becomes a passion, like baseball. As long as they find something they really care about it and give it their all, we are happy.

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    Jeni Atkinson says:

    I try hard to make sure they can try anything they want to. They all read a ton so I try to make sure they get to read about everything and letting them play and use their imaginations!

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    Amanda says:

    When my kids mention something they think they’d like to do, they are generally pretty sure that they could be the best ever, in the history of the world. My practical side wants to tell them there’s no way, but I’ve learned to just respond by saying something like, “Hey, maybe you would be really awesome at that. Tell me more about it.” That is enough encouragement to keep them thinking, and the fact that I’m showing interest in their thoughts on the matter helps them stay motivated in every good thing they are doing.

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    Lisa Hansen says:

    Whoop Whoop! We are so excited to see Planes!

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    erika says:

    i challenge my children by encouraging them to articulate their hopes and dreams dreams and then showing them how what they do as a part of every day can work toward helping them achieve what they hope to.

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    brandy says:

    We love the public library! If our kids have an interest or something they are interested in, we look things up on their database and check them out. We also tell our kids to never give up. :)

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    Allison M says:

    My hope is that my children will learn to love God wholeheartedly and love their neighbors unselfishly. I think that love along with a rich imagination creates a huge key to opening doors for truly satisfying dreams.

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    Laura says:

    I challenge my children to follow their dreams by encouraging creativity and learning. These are important things!

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    Lucy says:

    We let our children fail (if its afe, etc)… because when they don’t – MAN, they are proud of themselves! Which gives us a beautiful opportunity to praise them for their acheivement and determination. They

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    Cherilyn says:

    We are raising our duaghter and 5 sons on our small family farm which provides them the freedom to dig a hole to china one day, climb to the tops of the trees as jungle explorers the next day, and swim in the pond as pirates searching for treasure. I love that they have the freedom to explore discover and follow their interests and dreams. We are all super excited about the new planes movie!

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    Heather says:

    We try to give our kids the opportunity to explore and experience different things.

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    Mary V says:

    My kids are still quite little, but I plan on encouraging any of their interests and not redirecting them to what I think is best.

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    Lane says:

    I try to expose our kids to lots of fun and unique experiences. I’m always open to what they’re interested in and encourage them to try new things! :)

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    hali says:

    I’m big on having great experiences. Museums, national parks, road trips……….

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    Whitney says:

    We try to encourage our kids to try new things because whether they fail or not they may learn things about themselves. They may even find something they really love!

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    Kendal Barriere says:

    We tell our young boys that they need to study hard, but that they do whatever they want to do when they grow up.

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    RaD says:

    I encourage them in the things they love to do but always remind them that anything worth doing requires practice. I love it when they find success as a result of their hard work.

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    Lorena says:

    Hi Ashley, what an awsome post today. I am mommy to 3 beautiful kiddos and yes Cars has been THE movie to watch. With 3 kids going to the movies is challenging but this is one they have been begging to see. I challenge my kids by setting examples by pointing out how brave they are to try new things. I encourage them to always try and to do their best ( I am always so proud)
    I think $100 is whopping big prize, If I were chosen I would love to split it with another parent!!! Thanks for the chance.

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    nopinkhere says:

    by trying things even when they don’t think they’d be interested. Sometimes they turn out to love it, sometimes not, but they have to try it.

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    Jaren says:

    My kids are 6,5, and 1. I cannot wait to take the older two kids to see this movie! I always encourage them to try their best and keep trying even when things seem tough.

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    Faith says:

    I have five children and each one is so unique..I have always been a good at making sure they know anything you really want..you can achieve..I share inspirational stories I come across so they understand some of the most amazing people come from humble beginnings..Like my all time favorite girl
    Dolly Parton!!

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    Kenna Harris says:

    We talk about different opportunities that are out there and try to expose our kids to different things. We live in a really small area but I hope by the time they are old enough to set off for college, etc that they realize there are endless opportunities to pursue.
    We also try to support whatever it is they aspire to at the moment. A few months ago my 7 yr old son wanted to be a D.I. worker and now he wants to infatuated with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and wants to be the next president. My husband and I approached each with the same level of encouragement :) whatever makes them happy.

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    Seth says:

    Challenge by encouraging to pursue new hobbies and interests.

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    Jessica To says:

    I try to encourage my son to try new things. When he is leery of trying something new, I will try it to show him!

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    Kristi Andres says:

    Well I have four kids, some Biological and adopted and they are so different from each other. I home school them which means we have lots of time during the day to tweak their schooling to cater to their interests and dreams. My daughter has learned to sew, my son loves books about flying (the Wright brothers) and solar panels, and my other daughter loves ballerina books and we have checked out a lot of books on exploding and flying things and made our own volcano. I hope I can keep encouraging their dreams as they grow.

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    Deanna C says:

    We tell our children to follow there dreams and do what makes their heart happy. My 4 year old son wants to be a trash man because its “so cool” and 6 year old daughter wants to be a “Doctor for babies”

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    Amelia says:

    I help them follow their dreams by letting them investigate what interests them at the time. Then we do what we can when we find the thing that sparks their creativity and desires to do whatever they want to do!

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    Kenna Harris says:

    My blog is private but I posted it there-
    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3498254957040144593#editor/target=post;postID=8684131551520491394;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname

    We don’t have regular TV so we haven’t had the constant ads as a reminder but my 2 1/2 year old loves, loves Cars and I have been counting down the months until we could take him! We live in Southern Idaho and watch the crop dusters out the window nearly every morning- he’s going to LOVE this movie!

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    Vicki H. says:

    The saying we have in our house is, “we can do anything.”

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    Kelly M says:

    I have two boys, 4 & 2, so sometimes their dreams at this stage can be a little crazy and far-fetched, but we do our best to encourage and geek out as a family on whatever they are into at the moment. My 4-year-old is currently really into dinosaurs, so we have researched them at the library, rented videos, and downloaded apps for our iPad all so we can learn the names & traits of hundreds of dinosaurs! I’m sure there will be many more crazy interests as they get older, and we will try to encourage them all!

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    Jana K says:

    I am so excited for this movie. It opens on my birthday, and my kids think that going will be the perfect present for me. And in all honesty, their happiness is the best present for me.

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    Tiffany says:

    Our son, who will be 7 tomorrow, has BIG dreams to be a famous hockey player! We help him by cheering him on at every practice, making sure he gets ice time during the summer months, roller blading during the summer and helping with fundraising for his team! We are his biggest fans!

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    Erin says:

    Oh, my boys cannot WAIT to see this movie! :) We homeschool our children, thereby giving them the opportunity to learn at their individual level, and also pursue their unique giftings, abilities, aptitudes and interests.

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    sara says:

    By making sure that they give everything new a real chance even if they want to give up right away.

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    MaryDawn says:

    “How do you challenge your children to follow their dreams?” – The biggest way I do this is to try to break stereotypes. If my girl wants to be a firefighter, I tell her she can do it! If my boy wants to go to dance class, why not? I don’t want them to ever let our cultural bias limit what the Lord has placed a calling on them to do!

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    AJ says:

    My son is only 3 so he doesn’t have a lot of long term goals but I do my best to encourage him when he tells me things like “I want to be a cowboy, police-officer-so-I-can-direct-traffic, firefighter, and ambulancer when I grow up!” :)

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    Elena says:

    I support my child’s ideas and dreams and teach him to work hard

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    Staci Jones says:

    My son would love to see Planes! We are so excited for it to come out! I like to encourage my kids to follow their dreams by letting them try all different activities. They aren’t going to find their passion if I don’t let them explore all their options.

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    Megan Hawkins says:

    We always tell our kids not to say, “can’t,” but to say, “I’ll try.” We encourage them to try their hardest at whatever they try to do.

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    Lindsay says:

    I try to give my son as many opportunities as I can to explore what he loves to do and to try new things.

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    grace says:

    We encourage our son, who is good almost in anything that he tries (sport, art, music) – to try something new whenever he gets a chance. He tends to be afraid and reluctant to try new things but once he tries them, he ended up liking them. We want him to get as many chances as possible.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Through encouragement and kind words. I have always told them they could be anything they want with just a little hard work and determination.

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    ashley lucas says:

    We always try to talk about a plan that could possibly get them there and that everything is possible if it is in Heavenly Father’s plan for them
    we of course then role play as much as possible to keep that dream going

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    Krista says:

    I listen to them and help them to make a plan to do what they dream of!

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    Amy Orvin says:

    I tell them to believe in themselves.

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    Sally Ann J says:

    We encourage them but try to not take over and causing them to do or like what WE do, but instead what THEY desire. All the house rules still apply

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    Heather S says:

    I encourage them by doing things with them to help enrich their world, and by taking them places to experience new things! I also sign them up for classes to help them find new gifts and talents!

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    Suzy says:

    I ask questions to help her visualize and plan what it would take to make her dreams come true

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    Ashley says:

    We encourage our boys to keep going and work it out. They each look to us to help them when things start to get tricky or isn’t going as they had thought. Sometimes that means just saying “You can do it. Keep trying” other times it may require a little guidance. Also, we aren’t a “everyone gets a trophy” kind of family. Meaning that we don’t automatically give them the prize if they don’t deserve it. Allowing our children to fail helps them to be more gracious successes and teaches them that they must put some work into things to get better. This is so important with a house full of competitive boys!! Thanks for the contest!

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    Holly B says:

    I try to provide her with lots of opportunities to explore her interests.

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    Danielle says:

    I try and stay out of their way as they explore and try new things, giving words of encouragement along the way.

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    Alicia says:

    I let them get messy, try new things, explore, and create. And praise them a lot.

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    Beth says:

    Keep surrounding them with paper, cloth, string, youNameit…any object they can use to build and create their visions

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    Lynne says:

    I give my little ones love, encouragement and bandaids. Trying their wings doesn’t always end in a soft landing.

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    Jenn M says:

    Encouragement and supportive hearts go a long way in our family!

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    G K says:

    I don’t have any kids, but I have two little cousins who I try to help guide in the right direction. I try to present them with new opportunities and activities when I see them. I want to show them the many possibilities that are out there. I want them to reach for the stars.

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    C Wallace says:

    My Kids are driving me crazy about Disney Planes, So I ended up doing a fan site If you would like to take a look.

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    Kristen K says:

    We are so excited about this movie too!

    I have often wondered if I can let go enough to lett children be who they want to be and do what they want to do. I might be just a little naturally inclined to control situations :) But I am hoping that acknowledging that is the first step and I can hold my tongue and encourage creativity more often than not!

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    Laura says:

    By just encouraging them to be who they are (not like someone else). We have let them try several different hobbies each, so that they can find out what they love!
    Thanks!

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    Sharon says:

    We teach our kids to work hard, push yourself. Don’t worry about what people think. Think about what God knows about you.

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    Shelly says:

    I try to be very encouraging any time my daughter comes up with new ideas for her future. Whether she says she’ll be a teacher or a wrestler, I tell her she can do whatever she puts her mind to. She’s still young, so the reality of a pro-wrestling career being unlikely doesn’t have to hit her just yet. :)

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    Andrea says:

    I try to encourage them to find something that they enjoy and then stick with it even when it’s boring or hard for a time.

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    Lana says:

    I try and never tell them they can’t do things. Never discourage an idea! We are totally excited for this movie too!

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    Laura says:

    I always try to make the impossible, possible. By helping them practice, by stopping what I’m doing to help them, or by using creativity (or maybe extra accessories) to show they can do just about anything!

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    Andrea says:

    I encourage my boys to try new things and try to prepare them ahead of time, by talking about how things may feel or how to do something.

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    Robyn Marchant says:

    As much as I want to protect my kids, sometimes letting them explore their dreams means stepping back and watching them struggle and fail. It’s hard to watch and it’s hard for them, but it’s necessary for them to learn to do better and be better! We would love to go see Planes! My little 6 and 3 year olds are excited! Every time we go to the Disney store they check on the toy planes.

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    Laura says:

    I always listen to them talk about their dreams. If they don’t have a place like home to discuss their dreams and goals I think they will not last very long in their minds and hearts. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kiersten says:

    I have a daughter who is a perfectionist. She gets very discouraged when something is hard for her (because most things come very easily to her). I always tell her she can do hard things and instead of praising her for doing a good job, I praise her for working hard. I tell her that if she works hard, she can do anything. Also, I give my children lots of opportunities to try different things

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    Tiffany says:

    Dreams determine a child’s future! My little one dreams of being a poppa and Michael Phelps one day. I cherish and nurture those dreams as best I can. If I teach him to believe in his dreams and himself, then the sky really is the limit! On a side note, he is sooooooo excited about going to see Planes! He decided three months ago that he was going to take his poppa (who used to fly in the army) to see it for his poppa’s birthday. He asks every day!

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    kay says:

    I encourage my kids to try the things they like and try to provide the opportunity for them to try something new.

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    Casey C says:

    If you fall down you have to get back on and try again. You’ll be glad you did.

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    Monique says:

    My daughter doesn’t like to try things if they look “hard” or “scary” so really have sometimes have to push her and show her that she can do things. I also have to sometimes talk to her about why she is scared and we have to work through that and then she wants to go for it.

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    Cass says:

    So fun! My son is beyond excited to see Planes!

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    Lisa says:

    Encourage her to dream big, and it’s ok to mess up and fail along the way.

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    Lacey says:

    I try to help my daughter follow her dreams by encouraging her imagination and creativity. She’s still a toddler, but she has a lot of big ideas!

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    Rachel says:

    Well currently my boy wants to be a race car when he grows up not a driver but the race car it self. Ya know like in CARS. He really is quite a good race car so we let him be one and often have races around the house and outside.

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    Vivian says:

    Encouragement and praise when my 3 year old son does the right thing! We try to instill being helpful most of all :)

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    mary jo says:

    If my son is interested in something, I will get 20 books on that topic out of the library. We will do projects on that topic (ie, dinosaurs), and we will visit museums that feature that topic. If he ends up wanting to be a paleontologist, he’s going to be prepared! :)

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    Jennifer says:

    Oh we would love to go! My kids are still too little to choose activities, but when they are old enough I want them to know they can pursue anything they want with our support :)

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    rebecca shockley says:

    I ask them frequently about thing’s they like or want in life and remind them to stay in school and do what is necessary to achieve that

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    Jacy says:

    Awesome… I’d love to win!

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    Jenn Reyn says:

    My oldest loves art. I love helping him find new materials to try out his creativity. This past year he signed up for an art contest. I encouraged him to take time to come up with a project, to do a practice drawing and then make it better for the finished product. It is fun seeing him get better each time he creates.

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    Mona says:

    Would love to go!

    We encourage our kids to pray and tell them that God has a special plan for each of them, no matter what the world may tell them.

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    Sara Walters says:

    My Father and My grandpa are pilots. I grew up flying in small planes around the country. I would LOVE to be able to take my kids to see this movie!!!! Thanks for giving us a chance!

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    Sara says:

    This is so fun!! I can’t wait for planes to come out. I try to challenge them to follow their dreams by stepping aside and closing my (sometimes too practical and not dreaming big enough) mouth. And I try to instead say things like “give it a try and see what happens!”

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    Lisa says:

    Like you mentioned, we encourage and support as much as reasonably possible (he is just 6 after all). If a dream is a little too big for the present, we talk about ways to break it down into manageable (6 year old) parts that still have him shooting for that dream.

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    emilia says:

    I just let them try! They want to achieve and we love it!!

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    Leanne says:

    We encourage our three boys to follow their dreams by supporting their interests. Any sport or activity that they are interested I trying, we allow!

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    Erika says:

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

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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    Chelsey says:

    Encouragement! I love when my littles “read” stories to me and show me how something works. Or when I’m trying to figure out how to start a movie on our TV and my “helper” is pushing all the buttons saying ‘Push this button.’ I love helping them feel independant. I think it encourages creativity and goal setting.

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    Lory Negu says:

    We love to read, draw, and talk to them about anything that we see they are interested in. Every child has something that gets them excited. So just taking the time to talk with them and see what makes a spark in their eyes is great.

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    katie b says:

    My 6 year old boy is the biggest “Cars” fan. I can’t wait to take him to see this! He is a bit of a perfection, so we are constantly pushing him to try new things, even when he thinks they are hard. I want him to feel confident and learn that he can do anything he wants with a little persistence and hard work!

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    June Lisle says:

    I don’t have kids yet but I encourage other’s where I can in ways personal to them.

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    Stephanie says:

    I encourage each of my 3 children to try anything they think they would love to do. From sports to choir to reading or math bowl my husband and I are there to cheer them on and also to make sure they understand that hard work and commitment are a part of reaching their goals as well.

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    Vivianne says:

    My kids are a bit older. I challenge them to figure out for themselves how to make their dreams reality. You want to get better at soccer? You want to buy a gaming system? You want to study engineering at MIT? What do you need to do to make that happen? Then I support them, in the running and weightlifting, extra chores to earn money, and getting that homework done, to move towards that goal.

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    Alexandra says:

    My little bug was born deaf, at 4 months old he had surgery to form things in his ears that weren’t formed correctly. I remember the first day that he responded to noise (I honestly don’t know if a time where I have ever cried harder), I will always tell my child that there will be difficulties in life but he has already been through so much and he is already so strong that he will be able to do wonderful things. God has a purpose for my sweet little bug!

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    veronica munoz says:

    I encourage my little one to follow her dreams by discouraging use of the word ‘can’t’ we focus on finding solutions to do whatever we dream up…

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    Whitney isetta says:

    I encourage my kids to follow their dreams by listening to what they have to say and supporting their decisions.

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    Jessica w says:

    Be supportive of whatever their interests are, never judging them, and letting me know they are loved and accepted. I also like letting me try as many different things as they want.

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    Carolyn G says:

    I make sure they know I support them

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    Sunnie says:

    I think by being hands on with them and their learning, asking them and encouraging them about what they want to be

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    Bianca says:

    I don’t have kids yet, but I will encourage them to try lots of new things and travel a lot!

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    Betsy says:

    I encourage my kids to follow their dreams by helping them learn more about topics that interest them, and by modeling goal-setting and sharing my journey as well as my achievements with them!

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    melissa says:

    Try to do things to might help with those dreams to encourage them to become better at whatever it is they want to do.

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    Rebecca DeSpain says:

    I try to encourage my kids to try new things. And I always try to tell that experts had to start somewhere so they won’t get discouraged.

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    Cara says:

    I would love, love to win this!!! My son is so excited for this movie. It’s going to be his first time going to the theatre.

    I really try to let my two kids imagine and dream and do to their hearts content. Seeing the look on their faces when they accomplish something gives me the best feeling ever. They get so proud of themselves.

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    Jessie C. says:

    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.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Jessie C. says:

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/359149912413319168

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    BeckyAnn says:

    I encourage my kids by sharing with them real life stories from their family. It’s amazing how motivating a personal triumph of your own or some other loved family member can be. Maybe even more importantly though, hy husband is instilling in our children a great desire and ability to work and work hard. Anyting can be done if you’re willing to work hard enough.

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    Mindy says:

    At night I tell stories (sometimes made up) before bed. When I model the main character after my little boy, I have him help me with the story sometimes: What happens next? He’s so young, so this helps me know WHAT his dreams are.

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    Kristin says:

    I encourage my kids to figure out how to succeed with the little things now. I try not to do things for them so they’ll have the confidence to know they can do it. Hopefully this will translate to being confident enough to follow their dreams.

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    amy says:

    I would love to win this. My boys would love this movie. I always encourage them to do their best and keep trying. I am excited to see all the great things they will do as they grow.

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    Anna says:

    I challenge my two little boys to follow their dreams by encouraging them in everything they do, but not by doing everything for them. At their ages (19 months and 3.5 years), just knowing that their mommy is there for them makes them feel like they can do anything!

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    DJ says:

    We don’t have children, just a pup, but when I was growing up, my mom always encouraged me to follow my dreams and gave me as many tools (education, opportunity, etc) as she could to help me pursue them.

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    Amelia says:

    We always tell them they can be anything they want to be.

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    Jenn says:

    My kids frequently say things like ‘I can’t do it, I’m too little’ and we always make it a point to tell them ‘You can do hard things and the hard things you do are the most rewarding’

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    Eva says:

    Our little guy is almost 3 and we encourage his imagination and creativity with projects and activities. If it is something he is a bit small for and is a safe activity we help him instead of saying no. I would rather help him and then teach him to try then to give up or say no :)

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    Gina S says:

    My girl is a bit on the shy and hesitant side. So I am constantly telling her, “You can do it!” to get her out and trying. Sometimes she needs a little nudge, sometimes she needs a bit more of a shove, but once she gets out and trying, she usually catches on to whatever she’s trying pretty quickly. She just has to hop that hurdle, and it’s up to me, as Mom, to get her over it.

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    Helda says:

    This is such a great question! I would love to have a great magazine worthy idea. But the real truth is that it’s not how we work. I really thought about how we do this as a family. And everytime i kept coming back to one thing- we follow their flow. If they want to do something hige, we keep our fears to ourselves and let them take the lead. Sometimes they aresuccessful, sometimes not. But i rhink the take away is that we beloeve in them and they believe in themsleves.

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    Jennifer says:

    what a good question. I think I encourage them to follow their dreams by exposing them to lots of stuff, so they can really discover what their dreams are!

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    Charlene says:

    I try to encourage my children to follow their dreams by: encouraging them to find solutions to their problems! When my 4 year old wants to do something (like “fly off the couch” I let him and when he discovers that landing on a toy hurts, I help him find his own solution to fix that problem. Like…lining the floor with pillows/blankets, or jumping to the neighboring couch instead

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    Vale T says:

    We never give up, keep trying and always do your best with a happy attitude.

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    Julie says:

    i encourage them to write down goals and then help them take steps to achieve them! rewards help too :)

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    Lisa says:

    In order to challenge my kids to follow their dreams I talk to them about what they are doing and tell them to keep working on accomplishing what they have set their hearts on. I know that my kids can do anything through Christ who gives them strength!

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    Kaitlin says:

    I try to help her work out problems on her own, giving her the confidence she needs to do whatever she wants!

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    Liz says:

    Such a cute post Ashley! We try hard to give our children ownership of their dreams, responsibilities, life, etc. By doing this they gain confidence in their own abilities and have also learned that they do have limits but they can adapt with a positive attitude when they know such limits are because of them and they don’t blame others.

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    July says:

    We allow our daughter to discover her own ways of doing things and telling her not to give up ever!!! She can try and try again even if it means failing at something. Success does not come buy not allowing yourself to try. I tell her she beat cancer she can accomplish anything!!!

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    Ellie says:

    I guess I believe more in goals than I do in dreams. We encourage our kids to work hard to accomplish their goals and we help them along as they need it.

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    Cary says:

    I think we try to let them know that we believe in them and it doesn’t matter whether they “succeed” or not based on what the world says, simply following their dreams and trying hard and learning and having courage is success in our book.

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    Kayla says:

    I try to encourage my 3 year old to try an ideas she comes up with. It usually means more messes to clean up, but I like to see her come up with an idea or experiment and see it all the way through, whether it turns out like she hoped or not. I hope she’ll always be this open to new experiences!

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    Merle M says:

    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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    Kim says:

    My girls are little but I try to give them “big girl” jobs and set them up for success.

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    Aubrey R says:

    I try to offer them anything they’re interested in (at the library, for example) in hopes that they’ll find the thing that really brings them joy. Thanks for giveaway!

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    Teresa says:

    Pick me! PLEEEAAASE!!

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    Sarah says:

    I think it’s important for children to see their parents trying things that are difficult for them!

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    Taylor says:

    tell them that I will love and support them no matter what those dreams are!

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    Ginger says:

    Would LOVE to see this movie, or any movies with the Fandango card!

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    michelle says:

    We try to be positive in what we say and do and what we allow them to do. Sometimes they seem interested in 100 things all at once and want to try them all right now, and sometimes they are scared to try something new. We hope they’ll experience many things and excel in some and struggle through others. That’s what helps make well rounded people. :) I want them to know we’re their biggest fans and cheerleaders whether they’re #1 or #101 at what they’re working on. Our kids are our inspiration and we try our best to help them know that.

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    Kate A. says:

    No kiddos yet, but my motto is: You can be whatever you wish, as long as you’re willing to put in the work!

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    Maeve says:

    This sounds like a great way to treat my kids to a movie! :)

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      Maeve says:

      Ugh! Hit the “submit” button on accident trying to kill a mosquito! lol

      I try to encourage my kids in any way I can. When my 11yo tells me he can’t do something, I will talk him through doing it and before he realizes it, the task is completed, and usually without tears. I tell my daughter she can do/ be whatever she wants, so long as she is willing to do what it takes to achieve that goal. My 16yo is a bit harder to deal with, as he thinks I mean the opposite of everything I say, so if I tell him something looks good, he will immediately figure out a way to destroy/ unmake it to prove me wrong, the contrary boy! lol But I still try my best. I may not be the best parent on the planet, but I’m trying, and I think that is what matters the most. :)

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    Amanda A says:

    I encourage my kids by not taking over and doing everything for them! I think it’s tempting for parents to step in when their kids are having any sort of difficulty, but in the long run I think it leaves them questioning whether they can do things on their own (including pursuing any dreams).

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    Katie says:

    Our kiddos are still pretty small so we are the having dreams stage of the game. We like to read books and go fun places so that they know what’s out there to go after. I also try to give them lots of time to play and to talk so they can learn about the world around them. When they suggest trying something, we do it. Having kids has challenged me to go after some of my dreams too so that as they get older they will have an example to follow. You’re never too old (or too young) to dream and to try something new!

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    Crystal says:

    When things don’t go their way, we say to just keep trying again & again!

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    kolpin says:

    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!

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

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    Marianne E says:

    My family would love this!!

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    Morgan says:

    Dreams are very important, especially for kids. We encourage our kids to take chances and to not give up. They have big ideas and are capable of achieving their goals if given a chance. We listen and give them an opportunities o explore and make mistakes!!!!

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    Roxana says:

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    Niki says:

    I encourage my daughter to keep trying. When she has trouble with something we sing the “keep trying” song from the PBS Daniel Tiger cartoon.

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    Jacob says:

    By creating dreams to begin with! I turn off the TV and make them play outside. Their dreams are going to come from within and with distractions like TV (which does have a place, just not all of the time) it’s hard to foster that drive and imagination to chase their dream

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    Terra Heck says:

    I challenge my children to follow their dreams by giving positive reinforcement, motivating them often, and enrolling them in classes or teams that help make those dreams become more a reality. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Britta says:

    When my kids feel frustrated and want to give up, I tell to take break then try again. I don’t discourage them, even if there dream is beyond their reach. I know they can do hard things!

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    Cassie K says:

    We would LOVE this! Expecting baby #1, maybe we would actually go out if it’s FREE! :D

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    Natalie Hedman says:

    I support them and try not to make them do things the way I would do them.

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    Emily says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie!

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    Karen says:

    Can’t wait!

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    Beth J says:

    Oooh what fun thanks for the chance!

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    Darcy Friedmann says:

    We challenge our boys to follow their dreams by requiring them to finish everything they start – be it sports, games, puzzles, whatever – giving up is not an option. We also ask them to, lose with grace and win with gratitude, and to always try something new!

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    Kris S. says:

    We are a you don’t quit something just because it is hard family. So with any sport, if they start the season, they finish the season. They don’t have to be first or the best, but we don’t want them to think quitting when it is tough is ok. We also eat dinner together every night as a family and talk about our day, the best part, the worst part. Our hope is that having consistent family time like that will help our children be loving, engaging adults that are passionate about life and others. Lastly, we just try to spend as much time as possible with them, bike riding, walking, jogging, gardening, anything outdoors that involves fresh air and be healthy. Great site! I hope I win!!

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    Crystal says:

    We talk about how anything is possible if you work hard and try again and again. We’ve had several opportunities already where the kids have wanted to quit, but we’ve encouraged them to try one more time and they have succeeded. The next time they want to stop they remember how they have succeeded if they work hard and keep trying!

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    Katie B says:

    we’re all about trying

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    Heather says:

    We are SOOO excited to see Planes!!!! thanks for the giveaway.

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    Melissa says:

    I encourage my son to follow his dreams in several ways:

    by helping him learn all he can about his dreams & how to achieve them;
    by finding ways to participate in activities that will put him one step closer to his dream;
    by teaching him to learn from mistakes & remembering that everyone makes them & it’s ok;
    by celebrating his little (& big) successes;
    and by being there for him no matter what.

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    Jamie says:

    We let him try new things and encourage him to keep practicing.

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    judy gardner says:

    i dont haave kids, but i always encourage my nephew to try new things

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    Kathy says:

    We can’t WAIT to see this movie!

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    Lynda Del says:

    I encourage them to try new things and perhaps they may even discover for themselves what they are passionate about and advice them that if they do their best to apply themselves in their endeavors, then they’d be proud of their achievements.

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    Heidi McGuire says:

    My kid is still young, but I plan on letting her choose the activities she wants to try, then encourage her to stick with it!

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    Sarah LaRaine says:

    By being a great motivator and setting an example living a life you love.

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    Pam says:

    I have always encouraged my children to follow their dreams! I praise them when I see them doing the things they are gifted for! I give them as many opportunities as possible to participate in their talents and gifts. That sometimes means many car trips back and forthe to practices, ballgames, performances, etc. I love their expressions when they are engaged in activities that are passionate to them!

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    Cami says:

    What a fun giveaway! We encourage our kids to try things outside of our comfort zone, whether it be food, travel, or talking to kid at school that they normally wouldn’t. We don’t want them to feel limited to what they already know.

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    Kyndra says:

    I teach my girls that it doesn’t matter what their friends like to do, they can do whatever they want, even if they’re the on.ly one who’s doing it.

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    Alison says:

    i hope i am picked. my son would LOVE to see this movie (me too!). he is a huge cars fan!

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    Heidi N. says:

    I encourage my kids to do the “hard things” in life. It will pay off in the long run!

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    Melody Benschoter says:

    Our kids are little, but we encourage them to follow their dreams by modeling how we follow our own dreams!

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    Denise says:

    We encourage our children by sharing the excitement of the challenge. We talk a lot about all of their dreams, the positive and the negatives. Basically, just being there for them through it all. If its meant to be, God will let it happen for them as well. :D

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    christine jessamine says:

    I encourage my children to follow their dreams, by having them experience being creative and reading alot to find their paths in life

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    jessica says:

    I support my children’s dreams, my step daughter want to be a vet and live in paris

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    Lorena Keech says:

    No kids but my parents always encouraged us to try our best, and told us all we risked was failing.

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    Stacy R says:

    By always letting them try new things and by doing what they want to do. To a degree of course. :)

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    Dee says:

    I have two nieces and I 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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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I tell them to stay focused on their goals.

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    Pauline M says:

    I help my kids by opening them up to new opportunities. For example, my son loves playing video games which would sometimes drive me crazy since I would have to yell to get him off of the PS3. So this summer, instead of yelling, I signed him up for a summer computer programming camp for kids at our local University and it’s been awesome! He’s programmed his own ninja video game and has found something that he truly loves and wants to continue learning about!

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    Tracy L Davis says:

    I challenge them by always supporting them.

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    Allie says:

    I encourage and support them

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    HilLesha says:

    I support and encourage them to follow their dream. :)

    HilLesha(at)twc(dot)com

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    Lady J says:

    I let them do hard things without hovering and interfering.

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    Stephanie Larison says:

    I let her know anything that is worth fighting for will take a lot of work and determination.

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    Michele C says:

    I let my kids know that anything worth doing is worth doing right, and to finish up strong.

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    Give them opportunities to try to new things!

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    sandra says:

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

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    Rosanne says:

    If they start something they have to finish it

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    Crystal F says:

    I just tell them that they can do anything as long as they try. I encourage them to just do their very best and that’s all that you can ask for. Thank you!

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    Steve Stone says:

    rewards and encouragement

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    Janelle says:

    I encourage my children to expose themselves to all different kinds of possibilities through books, and give them plenty of opportunities to express themselves.

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    MK says:

    Make sure they have confidence and know you believe in them.

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    lorissa ray says:

    **fingers crossed**

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    Kirsten says:

    I’d love to win! The movie is sure to be a family favorite!

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    Emily says:

    My children both have special needs. I encourage them to try new things, even when it’s scary to them.

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    Sarah says:

    by really listening to them!

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    Gayle Erwin says:

    As I do not have children I don’t have to challenge my children to follow their dreams. I do aways allow my nieces and nephews to ask questions and support them. I don’t do it for them but when they need a boost I give it. Soemtimes as small as that little extra piece of tape handed over before they relize they need it.

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    Stephanie Ng says:

    Encouragement and a “Yes I Can” attitude.

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    Amanda G. says:

    Would love to take my girl to this movie!

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    Emily says:

    Keeping the fingers crossed! ;-)

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    Jeanne says:

    I encourage my boys to stick it out and give it a good, honest try. I let them use their imaginations, encourage them when they get discouraged. We often go to the library to find books on the obsession of the month. Also, being an example. I try not to shy away from things that scare me. I decided as an adult to learn how to sew, so I bought a sewing machine and learned to sew. There was a lot of failure, but nearly 2 years later they see that I stuck with it and now I have a side business selling my handmade items. Hard work and dedication and using your imagination really does pay off!!

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    steve weber says:

    dream big, don’t give up and don’t listen to anyone.
    groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

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    Cathy B. says:

    I try to support my kids in what they want to try, and encourage them to do their best, and that we just keep trying, even when things are hard or don’t go their way.

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    cw says:

    I give my daughter the freedom to try things in a different way and use her imagination.

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    Colleen K says:

    Yes please!

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    Denise S says:

    I tell my kids they can do anything they want and to not listen to anyone who tells them otherwise.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    I let them pursue any activity they want and encourage them to follow their interests

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    Linda Lansford says:

    by encouraging education

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    I encourage my daughter to pursue her piano dreams.

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    samantha s says:

    I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by exposing them to diversity and new concepts/ideas and encouraging them to explore.

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    Lisa V. says:

    I try to show by example and be their biggest support.

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    janna johnson says:

    by allowing them to explore life with no judgements

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    jen gersch says:

    i encourage their interests

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    Gena says:

    We set little goals for them to complete and make sure they take effort. Even to get a special toy they have to earn it but they can see how they are making progress and get excited to reach the goal. I think it;s important to show them you need to work for goals and dreams but you can do it if you try!

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    Misty Pearson says:

    I don’t have children but I have 5 nieces and nephew! Being an Auntie is such a blessing because I get to do fun things with them that mom and dad might not have the time to do. Cooking and art projects seem to be our “go to’s”. But I love showing them new ways to be creative and opening their little minds to new possibilities. And making fun memories!

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    maria cantu says:

    I just tell them that they can do anything they want to do.

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    Morgan Paul says:

    I teach my daughter that she can do what she puts her mind to by showing as much as telling. I am 26 and a single mother and full time student for Nursing. It has not been easy but I have a goal and I take one step at a time till I get to the finish line. My daughter is also special needs so we work every day on things that she isn’t “supposed” to be able to do but one step at a time we work on the things that are difficult for her and I tell her that as long as she keeps up the work then the results will always be there. She is 4 years old and the exception to her disability and her doctor’s are amazed at how wonderful she is doing. It isn’t just me that is working on it all, it is her. She sees what other kids her age are able to do and she works extremely hard to be able to do those same things.

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    Erica Best says:

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

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    Bernie says:

    I encourage them by helping them build confidence in themselves.

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    Kayla says:

    By cheering them on and helping in any way I can.

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    Lisa says:

    I tell them to always try their best and to never give up. I always make sure to support them.

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    matt lehman says:

    mainly i try to let my son experience new things for himself

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    Mary Jensen says:

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

    jbodawg at outlook dot com

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    Betty C says:

    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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    Ruby Daniels says:

    I tell my son he can do anything, somethings might take more practice than others but anything is possible.

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    joni says:

    I encourage my daughter by helping her find events that follow her interests and even help participate too.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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    tracy p. says:

    I encourage my kids by telling them to never give up and giving them praise when they do good.

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    Mihaela D. says:

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    Rickie Hinrichs says:

    follow your dreams they do come true.

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    Francine Anchondo says:

    I try to find activities that fit with their dream and just be encouraging

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    susan smoaks says:

    i would soften my skin with the Suave Skin Solutions Advanced Therapy Lotion
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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    Melanie Montgomery says:

    I encourage them by taking an interest in their interests, and encouraging their hobbies in every way I can

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    tina reynolds says:

    I encourage all three of my kids with positive reinforcements

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    Tabathia B says:

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

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I always tell them to believe in themselves and that you wont know if you like something or not unless you try it!
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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    Thomas Murphy says:

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

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    thischickwins says:

    i remind them that with hard work they can do it

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    Rachel says:

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

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    Joy says:

    I tell her i believe in her!

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    amy williams says:

    I push my kids to follow their dreams and help as much as I can

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    jenny says:

    I hope to encourage my kiddos’ dreams by listening, asking questions to help them explore, and then fill their hearts with loving words so they feel the freedom to pursue those dreams with confidence.

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    Danielle Van Name says:

    Encourage their creativity and allow them to dream big!

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    Kathryn Dodds says:

    My 4 kids would love to see this in theaters!!!

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    Melinda says:

    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!

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    Teresa H says:

    Good role models! I want them to have others in life that will inspire them. I want them to see what is possible in this big old world. I encourage them to talk about what interests them. I in turn make a point to lead them down that path. If it is research, classes, trips into the world, we do it so they can really see what it takes to reach their goal. I want more than anything for my children to have a happy life and dream BIG!!!

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    camie says:

    would love to win!

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