Monday, July 15, 2013

Disney's Planes: Flyin' High

Disney is coming out with a new animated feature film this summer, Planes.  When my oldest was about five, Cars was the big thing.  We bought the DVD at the airport the day it hit the shelves to watch on the plane to Disney World.

We're big Disney people.

Planes takes Cars to new levels, literally.  Instead of racing on racetracks these personalities are going at it Top Gun style.  The film stars Dane Cook as Dusty, a small single propeller crop dusting plane who dreams of bigger and better things outside of Propwash Junction.  Determined to achieve his dreams, he enlists in a Wings Around the Globe Rally to compete against some of the world's greatest planes.

Dusty has just one problem, he is petrified of heights.

Luckily for Dusty, he has a few great friends by his side to help him along.  With the help of his buddies Chug, Leadbottom, Dottie and Skipper Riley, Dusty works towards achieving his goal of becoming a flying superstar.

As a parent, I love the messages this film conveys.  Raising four kids is no easy feat, and I have seen my kids through big dreams and tough realities.  I particularly love the character Dottie, a forklift mechanic who always tells Dusty the truth.  She gives him tough love, but is there to help Dusty achieve his goals.

I do my best to tell my kids the truth about how difficult some of their dreams are to achieve, but motivate them to never give up.  They need to understand the work involved and have the desire to stick with it, no matter how tough it is.  Just because something is difficult doesn't make it impossible.  There are days I feel like I am constantly fixing small problems and lifting them up to keep going, just like Dusty's forklift mechanic pal Dottie.

To add to the excitement of Planes, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards joined the film to voice two of the fighter jets.  This film is all about dreaming big, just like Maverick and Goose did in Top Gun.  

Disney Planes hits the theaters August 9th, and kids will love the big personalities and the planes featured in the film.  Parents are sure to love the messages in the movie about hard work and dreaming big.  Every parent tries to encourage their kids to succeed, and we all have a different style.  Just like all of Dusty's pals in Planes.

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92 comments:

  1. By telling them that hard work and dedication will take them farther then giving in and giving up.

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

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  5. I don’t have kids, but I encourage my niece by telling her she can do anything she sets her mind to.
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  6. I remind my kids that they can do anything they want and that God made everybody with a purpose.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  7. We let them pursue whatever they want within limits.
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  8. I try to involve my kids in sports or activities that interest them. I also practice with them and encourage them to try their best to achieve their goals.
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  10. By letting her to try as many avenues as possible.

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  11. https://twitter.com/sohamolina/status/356972898851893250

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

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  13. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/356977536628043778

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  14. I'm not a mom yet, but as a teacher, I try to model putting myself out there and trying something new. If my kids see that as normal and rewarding, I think they're more likely to try new things themselves. (And when they do, we celebrate their courage and moxie!)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  15. I challenge them to keep trying and work hard, praise their efforts and encourage experimentation.

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  17. we encourage our daughter to follow her dreams riding her horses

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  18. I just make sure they know they are supported

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  19. We don't have kids but my parents encouraged my brother and me by telling us we had nothing to risk but our egos. And if we failed, we would learn somehting from the failure.
    lorenalke@yahoo.com

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

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

    HilLesha(at)twc(dot)com

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  22. we cheer them on really loudly

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  23. 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!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  25. Telling them that quitting is not the answer! Hard work can overcome so much.

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  26. 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! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  28. Encouraging them take whatever classes they want so they can learn a range of enjoyable lifelong skills. Everything from sewing to archery, art, swimming...they love it!

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  29. I challenge my children by enrolling them in sports.

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

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  33. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/358406581907492864

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

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

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  36. 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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  37. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/359147773955801090

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  38. 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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  39. https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/359729140942909440
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  40. 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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  42. Lead by example. Show children how to be independent beings who strive for one's own goals while not stepping on others toes along the way.

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  43. 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.
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  44. I tell them to give it their all and to try their best.

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  45. By telling them to do their best in eveything they do.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  46. 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!
    pauline15_01(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  47. tweet: https://twitter.com/pauline15/status/364030751114670080
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  48. we try to expose them to different opportunities to find out what they like

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  49. That without God they are just spinning their wheels. We need to do what we can but we also need to include him Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  50. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/364829953105199105 Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  51. I always tell them that they can do anything they put their mind to
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  52. tell them to work hard, and to never give up and don't listen to what anyone says.
    groogruxking40 at gmail dot com

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  53. We encourage them to try new things and believe in themselves.
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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

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  55. 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.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail . com

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

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  57. By teaching them critical thinking and supporting their decisions.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  58. https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/366003914417520641

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  59. 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 the way!!
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  60. I encourage my daughter to practice her piano.
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  61. I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by helping them set small goals and then motivating them to achieve it in a positive way. Letting them be independent and helping guide them to make good choices helps build them up and enables them to have confidence as well.

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  63. By setting a good example and being their biggest support.

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  64. by giving them individual tasks based on their strong point to help them excel
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  65. I just tell them to do their best in all they do.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  66. We give them small tasks that they can complete so they feel confident.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. 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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  68. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/366660691903528961

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  69. I encourage them by helping them build confidence in themselves.

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  70. 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.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  71. 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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  72. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/366819048618598400

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  73. I encourage them to do their best and try something new everyday

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  74. tweeted here https://twitter.com/tracyparral/status/366865462363045888

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

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  76. 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!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  77. I don't have kids but if I did I would encourage them to be themselves, try new things, work hard and no matter what I will always be proud of them,

    ohsmiledarling at gmail dot com

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

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  79. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/366989226962718721

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

    heatherstamper09@aol.com

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  81. I make sure all three know I believe in them and they can do anything they want by trying

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  82. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/366994794947428354

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

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  85. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/367019751282704385
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  86. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/367020312275058688

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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

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  88. Encourage their creativity and allow them to dream big!

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  89. 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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  90. tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/367083463758725120
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  91. 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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