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?!?!







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!






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.

connor plane




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!




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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406 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:


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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… in the now and being active w/ my kiddos :]


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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.

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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!


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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.