Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Disney's The Little Mermaid (Enter to Win!)

I was ten years old when Disney's The Little Mermaid premiered in theaters.  While it was *gasp* twenty-three years ago, I still remember the words to the song 'Under the Sea.'

Every single word.

Growing up, my parents had a room in the back for my five siblings and me to watch our shows. It's safe to say that The Little Mermaid would NOT be playing on my Dad's TV in the "big room."  I sat in that back room for hours watching my VHS tapes (yes, VHS).

I can still see the blue canvas cushions that were on the couch.

My oldest daughter is ten now, and my younger daughter is four.  We have every Disney princess movie under the sun, and we watch them any time they are on television.  I do allow these films on our "big room" TV, because I'm completely guilty of loving them just as much as my kids do.  While I have a love for many Disney princesses, Ariel will always be a favorite. 

Raising girls is no easy task.  I deal with freak outs regarding pony tail bumps, clothes that don't "look" right, friends that aren't very friendly and questions about, well, just about everything.  Add in all the influences of social media and television, and raising girls is downright frightening.

Movies such as The Little Mermaid convey very important messages to my girls.  I push my girls to follow their dreams, to be kind and most importantly, to find their voices.  I imagine, as my girls continue to grow, there will be many times where they'll feel just like Ariel, where they try to speak but nothing comes out.

Standing up for yourself and what you believe is not easy.  Neither is standing up to not-so-honest friends and peer pressure.  My hope is that my daughters learn to listen to their inner voice, because this world can be awfully loud.

 

 


When I sit and watch favorite characters like Ariel, Scuttle, and Sebastian with my girls, the world disappears and we enjoy time together.  Even more important, my daughters are reminded to follow their dreams, even when the road isn't easy.

Disney's The Little Mermaid will be available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1st.  If you don't have this classic in your house, I highly recommend treating your kids to this Disney movie.  Even better?  Grab a copy and save it for the holidays (can you believe we're only a few months away from Christmas?).

To be automatically entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack, tell us in the comments below:

 “How do you encourage your children to follow their dreams?"

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135 comments:

  1. My daughter, who just turned 4 a few days ago, loves art and music so I encourage her to be creative and I have her enrolled in ballet class.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/375236865864896512

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. I encourage them by always giving them a positive response and supporting their ideas.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  4. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/375239579143380993
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  5. My boys even love this movie and my 1 year old daughter dances to the music. They want to stay at the Little Mermaid part of Art of Animation next time at Disney world. I was 4 when this movie came out and so glad my kids get to enjoy it too!
    abbykissinger@gmail.com

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  6. I encourage by supporting my child's ideas and teaching him to work hard to achieve his goals

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  7. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/375290115091730433

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  8. We always tell them how smart and beautiful they are and that they can do anything that put there minds to.

    matt at stringhamfam dot com

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  9. I tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/crxlurpiphone/status/375321253189402624

    matt at stringhamfam dot come

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  10. I try to encourage my son to try new things and to not give up on anything.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

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  11. When my girls share their dreams with me, I always tell them they can do anything they set their minds to.

    kbezio at gmail dot com

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  12. I always encourage my daughter to just keep trying and never give up, even when she thinks she can't do it.

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  13. I encourage my kids by trying to provide them with opportunities to try many different things so they can find what they love to do.

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    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/375718694661279744

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  15. I encourage my son by constantly telling him that he can do whatever he wants if he works hard and follows his passions.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  16. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/375790295377383424

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  17. I would try never to tell a child not to do something without also explaining why they shouldn't do it.

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  18. Tweeted https://twitter.com/dreddlocke/status/376337911232217089

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  19. By making them believe they are capable of everything and anything!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  20. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/376427897612812290
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  21. I always tell my children to be the best they can be and I encourage them to try new things and that they can do whatever they put their minds to.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  22. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/376448827059757056

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  23. My daughter loves animals so I encouraged her by teaming up with her to volunteer at the local shelter.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  24. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/376519821606670337

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  25. By letting them pick a class that they want to attend -- art, music, etc.

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  26. Our children are very young still but we encourage them to find their own voices through play, imagination and most importantly through showing love. My younger son has such a sense of freedom to be himself that he breaks into dance wherever he is! We want them to know they can be anything they want to be if they work hard enough and follow their dreams.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  27. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/377137765734813696

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  28. I encourage kids to go for their dreams and passions by supporting their ideas.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  29. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/377278498475212800

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  30. I encourage them to follow their dreams and not let anyone bring them down

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  31. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/DisneyMom917/status/377336777809227776

    basketgal917@hotmail.com

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  32. Each time my child has a goal or a dream, I try and arrange for them to experience something to do with it or take a lesson, or shadow someone. Then they find out if they like it and want to keep trying at it.

    basketgal917@hotmail.com

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  33. Delightful post! I love Disney!! We were frequent visitors there when my daughter was growing up. I encouraged her to follow her dreams by exposing her to everything I could. We didn't have a lot of money, but we sure had a lot of fun adventures and learning experiences. As a single mom on a very tight shoestring, my hope was to lead by example and show her that 'the world was her oyster'!

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  34. I encourage them to meet many different children and try many activities, be socialized for the real world
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  35. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/378244971721019392
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  36. I totally agree, girls are not easy. I have a 17 year old and a 5 year old, they are both dramatic at times. I encourage them to not worry what other people think of them, be themselves.

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  37. tweeted - https://twitter.com/Btrflywmn/status/380110027077320704

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  38. My daughter is 2 so we haven't really come across this issue yet, but I just try to guide her to do whatever she is passionate about! And believe me..she is very passionate!

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  39. I never tell my daughter something she wants to do is impossible. And she's smart enough that I don't believe anything is anyway. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Being supportive, positive and encouraging and always speaking positive words. Its so important to let them know nothing is impossible.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/381901331872501760
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. great review and message from Little Mermaid!
    I always encourage my kids that don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They can always learn from that and never gives up in what they’re passionate about…and their dream will come true one day!


    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  43. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/383279764741435392


    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  44. I just make sure my kids know that I will help them in any way to pursue what their dreams are.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  45. As a teacher, I encourage children to follow their dreams by actually listening to them without comment. Children should be allowed to dream and imagine without adults getting in the way!

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  46. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/384853099598200833
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  47. by being supportive and encouraging them in their activities

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/385563559733628928

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  49. we encourage them to follow them, support them when they do and help them up when they get discouraged

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  50. I read him inspiring stories! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  51. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/386328140194119680 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I really listener to my nephew to help him with his dreams

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  53. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/386909671887364096

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  54. I don't have kids, but I encourage my niece by telling her how smart and beautiful she is and that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
    austma7@aol.com

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  55. By being supportive of their likes and dreams and providing them the path to follow them in.

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  56. https://twitter.com/sohamolina/status/386996500955275265

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  57. I encourage them to try something at least once and pray to God about it.

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  58. I give them encouragement and tell them they can do whatever they please, but I oversee and impose restrictions.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  59. By encouraging them to follow their dreams.

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  60. I try to support my child in whatever she dreams by providing encouragement, and any help that I can. We also talk often about how hard work is what makes dream come true.

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  61. I encourage my kids through love and support. I help them achieve their goals through guidance and always have their back 100%

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  62. https://twitter.com/RamblingRed78/status/387044458937602048

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  63. I encourage my kids to follow their dreams by supporting their ideas and the things they want to do. We work together to find a way to make the things happen that they want. At the same time, we instill realistic limits. We can't fly into today, but if we study hard and work at it, we can get into NASA in the future and fly to space then :) You can have what you want, you just have to find a way to make it happen :)

    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  64. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/387140357927874560

    anastasia2013@gmail.com

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  65. I show them how their dreams are not impossible if you continue to believe and work hard!! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  66. I always remind my daughter to believe in herself and then anything is possible!

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  67. By letting them know that whatever they decide to do, they will be supported and loved.

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  68. I encourage them to follow their dreams by signing them up for activities they are interested in, and letting them know they can pursue anything they want to
    stigay at Comcast.net

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  69. I have always told my children when they were younger to follow their dreams.

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  70. I start encouraging the kids at a young age to try new things.
    And I tell them that all things are possible.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  71. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/387393859715485696

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  72. I try to encourage my daughter to follow her dreams by setting an example. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/BigsyBlimpers/status/387487196745183232

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  74. I teach them it takes hard work to succeed.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  75. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/387495740836036608

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  76. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by showing them love and support. :)

    HilLesha@twc.com

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  77. I encourage their interests and tell them they can do anything they set their minds to.

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  78. I encourage my sons to listen to their hearts and to be a leader, not follow the crowd

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  79. By encouraging them not to be afraid to try new things

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  80. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/388347359958020096

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  81. I support them, encourage their creativity, and try to give them the best tools that they need to follow their dreams and interest.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  82. I don't have kids, but my parents encouraged and applauded my interests. And as an adult I did indeed follow my dreams.

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  83. I tell them they can do whatever they set their mind to do.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  84. I tell my kids they can do anything they put their minds to tanya2330@gmail.com

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  85. I encourage them to give everything a try once and if they like it then we stick with it and try to help them reach their goal or dream.

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

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  86. by providing lots for them to see and try - and then putting the time and praise toward what brings them joy

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  87. Unlike my parents, I let my daughter join different groups and tryout for different events. My daughter use to be a wallflower and is now very outgoing. She got this way after auditioning and starring in several plays. I encourage her by working with her in these events and by praising her work.

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  88. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/389290160459767808

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  89. I always tell my kids they can be whatever they want to be, even a doctor, astronaut, lawyer all in one.
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  90. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/389362442070786048
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  91. I encourage her to follow her interests, she knows she can do anything she wants to through hard work. And anything that is truely something you want is worth it. I support her in anything and everything.

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  92. not to be afraid to try new things - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  93. My 25 yo daughter's first- and favorite!- disney movie. We watch it twice a year to remember her childhood and the message that you can be your own person despite what your parents want!

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  94. I encourage our children to try new things so they have the opportunity to discover what they really love.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  95. i tell my daughter she can be anything she wants to be JOE GERSCH JTWARK@MAIL.com

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  96. I encourage my grandkids by giving them unconditional love and being supportive in everything they do.

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  97. I encourage them to try new things and then be supportive in all they do

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  98. I make sure both my kids know that we support them in life, no matter what, they will always have cheerleaders from me and my husband.

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  99. we hope that by homeschooling our kids, they will be more encouraged to follow their own dreams pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  100. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by supporting them in all their in school and after school activities and helping suggest new activities to inspire them.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  101. tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/389821070561128448 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  102. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/389842846439583744

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  103. I encourage my sons to follow their dreams by reminding them of all they have already accomplished. I keep their confidence levels high by praising them, their efforts, and their ideas and showing them they are loved unconditionally :)

    crystalmethod54751@gmail.com

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  104. I may not always agree with the choices my children make, but no matter what, I support them and they know they can always count on me to be their cheerleader!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  105. To encourage my son I tell him he can do anything he puts his mind and heart too.

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  106. https://twitter.com/AliciaJennette/status/389923036352106496

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  107. i just stand behind them- an anchor helps u feel safer to try new things
    4mariemh atgmaildotcom

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  108. I tell them to never give up no matter how tough it gets, and that I will always be there.

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  109. I currently have no children, although I very much hope that we will be blessed soon. In the mean time, I'm in school to become a teacher and plan to encourage my students to follow their dreams... I will encourage them to work on their weaknesses nicely and will definitely support them in their strengths and encourage them to truly grow within these strengths.

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  110. I try to encourage my boys through example. I always try to show them that the only thing that can hold them back is their own imagination. If they believe in something than their is always a way to make it happen they just have to want it enough to make that dream come true.

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  111. Through example: show them how friends or family realized their dream to give them clues on how they might be able to accomplish their own dreams. And then we work together to “make a dream” plan.

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  112. I encourage my children to try hard at everything they want to do! My oldest dreamed of a D1 lacrosse scholarship! She worked really hard and got one!

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  113. tweeted! https://twitter.com/laxer1215/status/390051788964900864

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  114. We encourage our children to follow their dreams by helping them. When we see that they have an interest in something we provide the tools they need to move forward with their goals.

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  115. Treat them as individuals and don't peg them into some arbitrary gender mold. Let them find themselves and be OK with what they find, even if you don't like it. Never let them feel you are pigeon holeing them or that their choices are not good enough. Always support them in what they desire as long as it doesn't harm others or themselves.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  116. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/390157283839053824
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  117. I like to share stories of inspirational people with them. Ones who have succeeded against any obstacles to live their dreams. I let them know that even someone who is the best at what they do, was not great at first try. I expose them to as many activities as possible, and make sure they give them a good try. Yet, if their heart isn’t in it- I don’t push. I make sure they don’t feel they have failed. That everyone is different, and valuable, in their own way.

    fatesfrost@gmail.com

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  118. Tweet-
    https://twitter.com/maxfate/status/390159577137680384

    fatesfrost@gmail.com

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  119. I try to teach them it is ok to be just who they are. hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

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  120. We always show an interest in her activities and encourage her to pursue her dreams.

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  121. I encourage them to go for what they believe in

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  122. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/390171273508044800
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  123. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/390177611512442880

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  124. I help them discover their passions and do my best to motivate them. lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  125. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/lexbaylor27/status/390191900335960064

    lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  126. I plan on unschooling, letting them learn what they like and focus on their passions instead of forcing them to do things they aren't interested in

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  127. I tell my kids to do whatever makes them happy.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  128. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/390195834496622593

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  129. I encourage my boys to follow their hearts and try to achieve their dreams. I let them know it's okay to fail sometimes, because the only true failure is to never have tried.

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  130. I don't have kids but keeping a positive attitude helps

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  131. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/390259420195602432

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  132. I let them know anything is possible if they believe in it and that I believe in them and will always be behind them.

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  133. By helping them to believe in their self and that with a lot of practice and hard work they can accomplish anything wilcarvic
    [at]gmail[dot[com]]

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  134. I teach them and support them.

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