Disney Planes Takes Off! {Giveaway}

If my family had to choose one movie series to take on a deserted island with which to entertain our kids and not drive us adults insane in the process, it would be DisneyŸŸ and Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2.

Noah, at only two and a half, can name every character in either movie, and quote chunks of each movie by memory. His character collection is immense, and he can often be seen clutching a suffocating Mater or Frank in his fist.

Ali, despite her grand collection of Princess movies and shows, also adores Cars and Cars 2.

In my early teens, I spent three years in a row riding for five days from Alabama to California with all of my family in a truck, so I can relate to the scenery and characters in Cars. Plus, my Dad was the navigator in a China-to-Paris race when I was a teenager, so Cars 2 also has many familiarities.

(I even bought the Greek overdubbed version of Cars for my parents when we were in Tarpon Springs. I assure you – nothing is better than hearing the Greek-Redneck version of Mater.)

So needless to say, my entire extended family is excited for Disney’s Planes, a new film inspired by the World of Cars, to be released later this summer. Although I haven’t gotten to see the whole movie yet (dang it), I did get a sneak peek at the characters and plot of the movie.

It’s going to be fantastic.

Dusty, a crop duster, decides to enter an international race, but he has a small problem – he’s afraid of heights. He has big dreams, but lacks the courage to achieve them, which sounds just like my daughter. She’s got fantastic abilities and big dreams, but, much like I was as a child, doesn’t want to try anything new unless she knows she can do it perfectly.

(I, for instance, never learned how to dive. Because there’s no way to practice diving without the entire pool full of people seeing you fail first.)

In the movie, Dusty has several friends and coaches who use different approaches to help him achieve his dreams.

Dottie uses tough love.

Chug takes him under his wing and helps him train, perhaps being too soft on him.

Skipper barks at him like a football coach, telling him that if he’s going to do this race, he needs to do it right.

With Ali, I’m definitely a Chug. I don’t push too hard, I try to give her the tools she needs to succeed, and I back off if I can tell she’s getting panicked. Although this keeps us from having epic emotional events, she sometimes needs someone with a little more tough love to help her achieve her goals. I also use the strategy of acting nonchalant when she expresses interest in trying something that I know will intimidate her if she thinks about it too long – and wait until AFTER she’s completed it to tell her how impressed I was with her. This strategy worked perfectly on her first ever driving experience:

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I just knew she was going to panic when she got in the car, but I said nothing. And when she got her car stuck, I still kept my mouth shut, even though I wanted to run out on the course and rescue her before she had a six-year-old panic attack. But I couldn’t, I didn’t, and she surprised me with her ability to figure it out and conquer her goal on her own.

I think that Ali is going to feel a connection to Dusty, and I hope that she can be inspired by his courage to try things – even if they’re scary.

Disney’s Planes comes out in the theaters on August 9th, and we will definitely be there to experience it on the big screen. If you would like to take your family, I have a $100 Fandango Gift Card to give to one of you! Just leave a comment telling me how you encourage your kids to achieve their goals. 

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    Trish B says:

    I encourage mine to achieve their goals by pushing them to do a little more than they would have. They get discouraged and want to give up, so I stick around to make them give it one more try.

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    Ashlie Hogan says:

    I have three children and I try to remind them each day that when they try, they can accomplish anything they set their mind too! Sometimes I think they may take me a little too literally, and try to accomplish something that is wild or crazy! :)

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    cresta says:

    We’re looking forward to this one too! I think we have the entire cast of Cars in our toy box. Lol

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    Shelly says:

    My kids are a little older than yours. I think your methods of encouragement morph over time. Right now, probably the biggest way I encourage them is to remind them that I don’t expect perfection, but a good attitude and to always do their best. It gives them permission to fail, sort of. But, of course, they won’t fail if they enter into it with a positive attitude and wanting to do their best ;0)

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    Amy says:

    This would be amazing! Jackson wants to give up sometimes when things get a little difficult. It’s hard as a parent to push him out of his comfort zone by encouraging him to keep going,, but that’s what I try to gently do. Not always easy, but that’s what I do.

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    Amy says:

    Levi is 4 and like your Ali refuses to try anything he isn’t sure to master immediately (at a year old he would lift his walker over thresholds and toys but would not try to walk without it). My husband and I sometimes play good cop bad cop if we know he can do something but isn’t willing to try then celebrate like mad men when he is even marginally successful. We also just try to let him work some things out on his own. I’ve watched him try to write something and have an epic meltdown and go through 4 million pieces of paper but finally get it. If you try to talk to him he will flat out tell you to just leave him alone. LOL! It is definitely a balancing act with our little perfectionist between helping him experience new things and letting him work things out on his own.

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    Beth says:

    We encourage our children by creating an atmosphere of unonditional love and acceptance. In addition I encourage them to just TRY new things. ie. to try swimming underwater without plugging her nose, and after she tries it I take a break on it for a while, then we come back to it!

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    Cara says:

    Awesome! I mostly encourage my daughter to try new things by not shutting her down, and by not making a big deal if she fails. I have to bite my tongue SO OFTEN because she’s a bit of a daredevil, but I think it’s important to not instill fear in her. So far it’s only backfired once (tumble onto a tile floor) but she’s still in one piece, so I think it’s going okay.

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    Qoumidan says:

    I saw the preview for Planes last week and was not just unimpressed but disappointed at how it looked. I hope you are right because my kids love planes and cars and vehicles of every kind so it would be a great addition to our small selection of “movies Mom can stand”. I didn’t buy Cars 2 for that reason.

    I saw the preview when I saw Monsters University and I WILL be buying that. It was Awesome!!

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    Kelly Metts says:

    I encourage my kids by telling them that anything is possible. Regardless of their goal, it is theirs and no one can take that from them. Also showing them love and support even when things don’t go as planned is a huge part of our encouragement. :-)

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    Troy says:

    I don’t have any kids, therefore, I can’t tell you how I encourage them. I do tell my dog Ramsay, “Good boy” when he poops in the yard and not in the house.

    However, I did want to say that I’m dying to see this movie as well. I loved both of the Cars movies, even though people were so down on Cars 2 (39% on Rotten Tomatoes, which I totally disagree with), and I think Planes will be just as good. My wife is cautiously optimistic, but I have yet to see anything that tells me it will be a bad movie.

    There’s just something about Planes that taps into that “excited little boy” part of me, much like Cars did. I have memories of watching Top Gun in the theater 8 times as a kid, and the wonder and excitement I felt. This movie looks like it’s going to tap into that same wonder and excitement.

    Either way, I’ll be seeing it the weekend it comes out.

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    natalie says:

    My oldest is a perfectionist, so I have to step back and wait for him to be comfortable, then gently nudge him towards whatever it is. My second is super confident and a risk taker, so I just try to direct her towards goals that are safe, since she’s 4 and would love tight ropr walk the Grand Canyon…

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    Lots of positive reinforcement and support even when he’s feeling super shy and nervous about a new challenge!

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    Natasha P. says:

    Well, I don’t have any kids, but I do teach children at church and am also around my best friend’s kids a lot and I just try to encourage them through positive words and a lot, of yes, you cans!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I remember when Cars came out, xD
    I love watching movies but I can’t watch them again and again, unfortunately I had no control over what my younger brother (younger by 10 years) decides to watch. He would play Cars so many times that we actually ended up having to buy a new DVD because the old one started skipping. My family also enjoyed Cars 2, especially because Mater was the center of attention. We are all exciting for Planes. I believe the reason I enjoy watching these movies are because they give life and a personality to something that in real life just sits there because it has no soul, no expression. This is why I also enjoyed Pixar’s short animated series “The Blue Umbrella” in the beginning of Monsters University and “Paperman” in the beginning of Wreck It Ralph.

    I don’t have children yet but right now I’m more like Dottie, tough love.
    My own mother was a Dottie, but I am hoping or maybe wishing I could be more like Chug when my kids start coming.

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    Kristina says:

    I give praises and tell them how much I enjoy watching them do whatever it is I’m trying to encourage. Parenting is an everyday learning experience!

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    Wendy Clark says:

    I love to see my children trying new things and I try not to let them see how nervous I am for them! We try to let our kids know that we are always a safe place to talk about their dreams and that it’s always good to be able to laugh at yourself when things don’t quite turn out as planned

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    Tonya says:

    I love this post. And Disney! My 8 year old is in that phase of wanting to try anything and everything but gets nervous or shy. I always encourage her to try anything by telling her that I want her to be having fun and be happy. Even if it’s hard and you fail. If you are having fun, then it was worth the risk. I always tell her she can do/be anything she wants and we will be there to support her.

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    Hanna says:

    What worked well for me this year was to remind my son that everything goes faster and feels easier when you are smiling. Even if you have to fake it at first. :) We had frequent knock-knock joke time-outs during homework time and slowly but surely the block he had against writing sentences faded away, and by the end of the year he was thinking up and writing them without any of the debilitating fear and frustration that he suffered during the beginning of the year.

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    Jamie Robertson says:

    I’m going to buy Cars & Cars2 for my house for my nieces now!! The older one is super outgoing, fearless, & athletic, …so with her I try to encourage a wide variety of experiences and opportunities to try new things. Waiting to see what activities she is going to excel at & enjoy and connect to the most. The younger one is more insecure and cautious. So I try to make her feel safe and always working to build her confidence. After your blog post, I can’t wait to take them to see Planes….and also Smurf 2 this summer just because we saw the first movie together. Love your posts! -Jamie

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    Amy says:

    My daughter is 3-1/2 and often relies on us to do things for her that she is perfectly capable of. Recently, I broke my foot and it had really allowed her to “grow up” a bit. She has learned that if she needs something, she can either do it herself, or she will have to wait until someone is able to help her. It’s been a joy to see all the things she is capable of and she’s really learning to be more independent.

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    Laura W. says:

    While Anderman is too little to communicate his dreams, I encourage him to walk, climb, go up & down stairs by giving him space & room to fail. I like to think this is teaching him his own limits & consqequences for his actions {good & bad}. I’m not sure what this will look like as he gets older but hopefully giving him a little space to figure things out will be successful. It will definitely be harder for me than for him!

    Also, so glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t know to dive!!

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    taylor says:

    The best trick with my little lady is to do things with her the first time. If she knows im right there with her, then she’s brave as can be! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Casey A. says:

    I’m an encourager, so I give lots of positive feedback and praise when my little one does try something new. I don’t ever try to push or be too rough when it comes to something that doesn’t feel comfortable from the get-go. And I’m a total softie, just like Chug is described by you!

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    Kate F. says:

    I don’t have kids, but if I do, I’ll encourage them and tell them they can be anything they want as long as they work hard.

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    ELIZABETH C. says:

    My kids are still very young but I will encourage them the same way my parents encouraged me. I will tell them to never give up. If you fall, get up and try again.

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    June S. says:

    I have always told my 4 children when they were younger to follow their dreams. Even if it means they have to go far from home. I am very proud of all four of them.

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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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    Jessica To says:

    I try to encourage my son to try new things. When he is leery about trying something, I try it to show him!
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

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    Margaret Smith says:

    I encourage by children by giving them positive reinforcement and singing their praises to our family.

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    Kiara says:

    I don’t have kids, but i encourage my niece by telling her she can do anything she sets her mind to.
    austma7@aol.com

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    Tamar says:

    I let them pursue whatever they want…with limits!

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    Denise S says:

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

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    sharlene caisse says:

    We encourage them to go outside their comfort zone to experience new things in life.

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    LinhC says:

    I try not to be the Tiger Mom with my kids, but I do expect them to do well with their studies. Fortunately, they are good students, but when they “fail” at something, I let them know that I appreciate their effort and that I support whatever they need in order to get better. I expect effort and commitment.

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    Kelly D says:

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

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    soha molina says:

    By letting her to try as many avenues as possible.

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    Elena says:

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

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    Pauline M says:

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

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

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    Cynthia C says:

    I try to set small-step goals so they can feel successful.

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    Rachel says:

    We tell our girls that they have to try something once and if they don’t like it that’s fine and they don’t have to do it again. It works pretty well for us. They always give something a try, sometimes with a little extra encouragement, but they do it!

    My girls have never seen either of the Cars movies! I’ve been meaning to show it to them, but I keep forgetting as we watch Rapunzel for the 200th time. :) I’ll have to show it to them so we can see Planes in the theater.

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    Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    I just make sure they know they are supported

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    Lucy says:

    We try to encourage each child in their own strengths and to push themselves in things they struggle with.

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    Lorena Keech says:

    We don’t have children, but I can relate what my parents did to encourage my brother and me.
    They always told us we wouldn’t accomplish anything if we didn’t try and if we failed, we
    would learn something from our failure.

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    Jacob says:

    By leading by example and having them see me reach my goals – or at least make the valiant attempt!

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    Jacob says:
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    Meredith says:

    My little guy (3 1/2) has had a hard time trying new things, or things that were just outside his comfort zone. My tactic has mostly been to get right in there with him the first time (or two), and then gradually back off as he realizes that, yes, he CAN do it alone (and it’s actually kind of fun). We’ve also started talking about why he doesn’t need to be scared, basically going (gently) into the worse case scenario, then backing up into why even THAT wouldn’t be the end of the world. (Example: Him: “I don’t like the beach because the waves might get me.” Me: “Ok, but even if they did get you, you have your life jacket, mommy and daddy right here, and that nice man in the red shorts up in that chair ready to help you.” And then we go conquer the waves, and I wax poetic about how much fun it was.)

    Slides at the playground, waves at the beach, the pool, those crazy high ladders on the jungle gym, all scared him just a few months ago. But he’s getting braver everyday, and I’m so proud of him!

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    laura says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! My family is really looking forward to Planes! It is tough to know how to provide the perfect balance in supporting each of our kiddos in trying new things. I guess I try to trust and understand their hesitation, while at the same time providing lots of different experiences and support in trying new things together. When something is fun and we feel empowered we are more likely to take a leap of faith. I am still learning how to overcome my nerves as an adult in new situations!

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    Jacob LaFountaine says:

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

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    sandra says:

    we cheer them on really loudly

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    Jennifer M. says:

    We try to lead by example. We also use baby steps and positive words. When they say they can’t do something (“can’t” being a word we don’t “allow” in this house), we break it into smaller tasks that they CAN do, and which they know they can do. But mostly, we ask lots of questions and are always enthusiastic about “isn’t that exciting?” and “won’t it be an adventure?!”

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    rachel says:

    By discouraging negativity — and by not being negative myself!

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    Nicole Larsen says:

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

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    Nicole Larsen says:
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    Monique Rizzo says:

    We just encourage them to do their best and study.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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    Sarah L says:

    Help them break a goal into small steps and write it down.
    Thanks for the contest.

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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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    Dee says:

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

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    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/359150280287334400

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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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    Merle M says:
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    Janna Johnson says:

    setting small obtainable steps for them to achieve

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    Heather Neufeld says:

    HI Rachel… while nothing may be cuter sounding than a greek dubbed redneck tow truck… there is nothing cuter to SEE than watching a group of our kids out here (the orphan group and their grannies) squeal in delight when Mater comes on the screen.. why??? Because, as they explained to me…. “He looks just like us!!!” …. yes. They think the buck toothed, rusted tow truck is the hero of the story bc he looks like them (their words not mine). Sweet mercy- sometimes I just have to laugh, I love the kids I work with!
    I encourage Tendai to do new things by trying not to convey my fears to her. Its hard because I am, as my mother in law calls me, a “Safety Bear”. I can think of five worst case scenarios for pretty much every activity. But I am learning to put my fears aside bc seeing her joy at mastering a new skill is always such a wonderful sight to see! She struggles to try new things that look hard, if she has to try more than once to accomplish something she would rather give up – but each time she learns one new thing she is so excited that it helps us encourage her for the next “adventure”.

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    Steve Stone says:

    positive reinforcement and rewards for success.

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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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    kyl neusch says:

    always tell them to think big

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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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    Bethany West says:

    My kid is almost 2, so I just make sure to not scare him. And there is a lot of pushing or pulling to get him into new situations. But it’s pretty easy at this point.

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    Lisa says:

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

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    Jen C. says:

    I don’t have my own children, but I encourage my kindergarten students daily that they are capable and can achieve whatever they set their mind to!

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    Laura W says:

    I try to encourage my son by letting him know we are always there for him regardless of what happens he can always count on us for unconditional love and support. We will always be there for him and whatever goals he sets.

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    Kasey Boggs says:

    I tell them to be their on person, don’t be influenced by other people.

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    Helen Stockwell says:

    We encourage them by finding out together what they like to do and enjoy doing and make sure they get the chance to explore their talents.

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    Rebecca Graham says:

    I tell them to do their best at all tasks.

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    c. anderson says:

    I tell them to treat others the way you want to be

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    Michele C. says:

    We encourage our children by expecting them to do their best in all they do.

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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:

    I tell them if they don’t dream big they’ll wind up living in my basement

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    ashley says:

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

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    Tara says:

    Lots of encouragement!

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    samantha s says:

    I encourage them to try new things and to be different and find better way of doing things. It makes them more confidence in themselves and they love playing pretend but being very realistic in their play knowing exactly who they want to be. Following dreams is easy for kids.

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    steve weber says:

    show them your support by showing up to their events.

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    Diane baum says:

    We encourage them by exposing them to many, many books and different situations

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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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    clynsg says:

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

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    Jennifer says:

    I sit with my kids once a month to make a schedule, and I love when they have tons of feedback! IT’s something to look forward to every month, even if it is as small as a trip to the library or learning a new sport!

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    Derek Timm says:

    Teaching them to never give up and always give it your all.

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    ky2here says:

    By teaching them critical thinking and supporting their decisions.

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    Brittney House says:

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

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    Carolsue says:

    I try to encourage my kids to try new things to see what they really like. And I tell them if they want something, they have to work towards that goal, but anything is possible.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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    Carolsue says:

    I tweeted
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    Robin says:

    I tell my son to try his hardest everyday that way he will be able to reach your goals.

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    I encourage my daughter to practice her piano often.

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    Lisa V. says:

    I always made it her responsibility….(i.e…me not repeatedly telling them to do things). It worked.

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    I tell them the sky used to be the limit but now they can go farther if they try

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    Jackee says:

    I tell them if they want it bad enough, they can make it happen.

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    Linda G. says:

    First we set goals and I encourage them along the way.

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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

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    Karen Gonyea says:

    We never doubt their abilities !!

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    maria cantu says:

    Just tell them to do their best.

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    Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I lead by example.

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    thischickwins says:

    i never tell them that any of their dreams are ridiculous or silly

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    Erica C. says:

    We have them work towards little goals everyday.

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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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    Kenny F says:

    lead by example

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    Mya Murphy says:

    I could never have children.

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    Nicole Millheim says:

    I talk to them , tell them to be what you can be. Support them in any way i can

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    Bernie says:

    I encourage them to pursue their dreams by helping them build confidence in themselves.

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    CharityS says:

    I am always pushing my son to follow my dreams.

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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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    Kayla says:

    Just by always telling them they can do anything they put their minds to and helping them along the way.

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    Deborah Wallin says:

    Lots of ecouragement and positivity

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    DanV says:

    I encourage my kids to achieve their goals by supporting them and praising their efforts

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    Mary Jensen says:

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

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    Cindy Bowling says:

    I let them know they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. I also let them know I am here to help in any way they need.

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    I encourage them by letting them know that they have the ability to do whatever they want if they set their mind to it.
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/iiiyadirf/status/366799757550682113
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    Betty C says:
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    Denise Donaldson says:

    I make sure I tell my daughter that she can be anyone she wants to be. Dont let anyone bring her down

    winz135 at gmail.com

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    tracy p. says:

    I encourage them by telling them how good they are at something and explain the outcome if they succeed.

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    charlene says:

    I have always told my kids that they can be anything they want to be and constantly give them positive reinforcement to reach their goals no matter how big or small. furbywins@gmail.com

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    justin p says:

    I try to encourage my 3 girls to reach their goals by encouraging them to overcome their fears & along the way celebrating successes & being there for failures

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    Mihaela D. says:

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

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    crystal smith says:

    I encourage my kids to reach their goals by reminding them of ones they’ve already reached and the benefits they’ve received by doing so. I really believe that at my boys’ ages (4 and 6) the confidence to keep going is the number one factor in their completing most of their goals :)

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    Lori Taube says:

    We encourage our kids by helping them develop a rich relationship with the Lord. With Jesus, they can accomplish anything!

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    susan smoaks says:

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

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    ashley says:

    I don’t have kids but if I did I would encourage them to be themselves, work hard and no matter what I will always be proud of them,

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    vivian says:

    by taking my nephew and niece encouraging to pursue their interest

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    Tabathia B says:

    I encourage them to do what makes them happy and being positive

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B says:

    tweet

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/366977121861636096

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Heather says:

    I encourage my kids by telling them that “With God all things are possible.”

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    tina reynolds says:

    I encourage them by letting them know I believe in them and that anything is possible when you try.

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    Carrie M says:

    My daughter is only 4 so we do not push too hard but to achieve goals we encourage her to just do her best and as long as she gave it her best effort that we are happy with her performance. She pushes her self more than I do but she is a perfectionist.

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    jules m. says:

    i encourage her to pursue things she is interested in, and im always positive

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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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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I always tell them to believe in themselves and I’m always there for them to listen when they need me

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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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    Rachel says:

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

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    Sand says:

    Tell them they can be whatever they want to be!

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    Vicki D. says:

    I tell them that they can do whatever they set their mind to. Don’t listen to any negative people, stay focused, and keep your eye on your goals.

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    Lillian says:

    Always support their ideas.

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    Corey Olomon says:

    We set clear written goals and pre-planned rewards and punishments agreed to in advanced.

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    Vikki Billings says:

    I make sure that my children know how important what they do is to me. They know that I support them no matter what and We talk about everything and have trust in one another.

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    Katrina P. says:

    I tell my child that she can do anything she makes up her mind to do.

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    Danielle Van Name says:

    Encourage their creativity and allow them to dream big!

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    Gianna says:

    I let them follow their interests and help them learn all about them.

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    gretchen reichenberg lucas says:

    I just tell both of my boys to do their best, and treat others the way they would like to be treated!

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    anna pry says:

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

    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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    Becky Richied says:

    I love to interrupt their tv time with a trip outside or a walk or a trip to the park, I don’t care too much for tv time unless its positive :)

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    Melinda says:

    I encourage him to reach goals by exposing 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

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    Melinda says:
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    SM says:

    Follow their interests.

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