New Disney Planes and Parenting: What’s My Style?

by Kelsey Norwood

in Reviews

One of my biggest roles as a parent is to help my children figure out what they enjoy and excel in and encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals. That’s a pretty big job and it makes me nervous because sometimes I can push too hard and my good intentions backfire. Each child is so unique and figuring out which parenting style will best motivate, encourage, and support each child is so hard! It’s definitely a process requiring lots of patience, forgiveness, and trial and error.


In August, Disney will be releasing a new animated film called Planes. It’s about Dusty, a little plane who has high hopes of competing as an air racer…only, he’s afraid of heights. He has three friends who each encourage him in different ways:

  • Dottie, who realizes that Dusty has this drive, but takes the tough-love approach to helping him achieve his goals.
  • Chug, who sees the ability in Dusty and helps him train through his big, lovable heart, which can sometimes be a little soft.
  • Skipper (an old pro), who is like a tough football coach and reminds Dusty that if he’s going to do this race, he’s going to have to do this right.

Disney Planes Each of his three friends help him in different ways, using different “parenting” styles and each gives something to Dusty he needs. There’s definitely more than one way to motivate and inspire others, including our children. I tend to be a Dottie to my kids and encourage realistic goals. Sometimes, instead of just listening and encouraging and believing in my kids, I can be a bit of a dream killer because I want them to be realistic. It’s important for my children to honestly and accurately know their abilities and set their goals accordingly. I want them to be the best they can be, set their goals just barely out of reach, and know that if they work hard and persist, they can do it! However, once we establish the goal, I turn into more of a Skipper. If they’re going to set this goal, I will push them and encourage them to do it right and all the way to the finish. Different children require different strategies, and the same thing won’t work all the time. Sometimes we have to switch styles from tough football coach like Skipper to a relentless cheerleader and friend like Chug. Our kids need each us to be each Dottie, Chug, and Skipper at different times, and I can’t wait to see how each of them help Dusty achieve his goal of competing in an international air race! Most importantly, we can teach our kids to work hard and they will always reach their dreams and have courage, just like Dusty. We can turn our little single-prop planes into high-flying heroes. How do you challenge your children to follow their dreams? 

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{ 116 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elizabeth July 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

I always told my daughters that they could be anything they want to be. All it takes is hard work and determination.

2 Keri July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

I try to expose my kids to lots of different activities and learning opportunities. The hope is that something will spark a keen interest in them.

3 Jocelyn Dorsey July 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I homeschool them and give them the chance to follow their own interests and learn about what they love.

4 Kristen July 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I try to encourage my son in whatever he tries, but help him to realize his strengths and then do whatever I can to help him excel with those endeavors.

5 Mami2jcn July 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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

6 Mami2jcn July 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm


7 June S. July 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

When my children were younger, all grown and gone now. I told them to always follow your dreams. Have to say that I am proud of all four of them.

8 Kiara July 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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

9 Denise S July 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I remind my kids that they can do anything they want and that God made everybody with a purpose.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

10 Tamar July 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm

We let them pursue whatever they want within limits.

11 Starr Greenwell July 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm
12 Starr Greenwell July 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Always encourage them and let them know they can achieve anything they set their sites on.

13 Kelly D July 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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.

14 Kelly D July 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm
15 soha molina July 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

By letting her to try as many avenues as possible.

16 soha molina July 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm
17 Pauline M July 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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!

18 Elena July 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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

19 Elena July 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm
20 Carrie July 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

We always tell them they can do anything they want if they work hard at it. We are always positive and try to put a lot of different options before them that they can choose from according to their interests.

21 nickie July 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

We encourage our child to try new things and support his interest.

22 Ruth@GraceLaced July 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm

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

23 Brenda Shreve July 16, 2013 at 4:07 am

We always support our children and remain open to everything they may tell us.

24 Cynthia C July 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

I encourage them to read about others who have been successful in pursuing their dreams.

25 Cynthia C July 16, 2013 at 8:13 am
26 Carolyn Gonzalez July 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I just make sure they know they are supported

27 melissa Resnick July 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

we encourage our daughter to follow her dreams riding her horses

28 Lorena Keech July 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

We don’t have children but my parents encouraged my brother and me by telling us we risked nothing but our egos if we didn’t at least try. And we’d learn from our failures, so go for it.

29 Jacob LaFountaine July 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

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

30 HilLesha July 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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. :)

31 sandra July 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

we cheer them on really loudly

32 Nicole Larsen July 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

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!

33 Nicole Larsen July 17, 2013 at 11:29 am
34 rachel July 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

I let them explore what interests them — and encourage them to find their passion.

35 Dee July 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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! :)

36 Dee July 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm
37 Matt Jones July 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by helping them to get involved in community acticities so they can figure what they want to do in life!!

38 Tracy L Davis July 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I challenge my children by enrolling them in sports.

39 Anastasia July 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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 :)

40 Anastasia July 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm
41 Stephanie Larison July 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm

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.

42 Erika July 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

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

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43 Jessie C. July 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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

44 Jessie C. July 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm


45 Michele P July 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I tell her to reach for her dreams… sometimes she will succeed, other times it may be more difficult-but if she is determined, she just may make it. I encourage her to use her creativity and help her when she needs it. I tell her by doing the best she can, she will know that she has tried her hardest and that is all that matters. So being supportive, helpful, and being there are very important.

46 Michele P July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm
47 Merle M July 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

I tell them I’m proud of them. Encourage them to spend their time doing things at which they feel competent and valued

48 Merle M July 23, 2013 at 10:24 am
49 kolpin July 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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

50 kolpin July 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm
51 Terra Heck July 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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.

52 Lisa July 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

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

53 Rebecca Graham August 5, 2013 at 1:16 am

I let them know success requires a lot of work.

54 Michele C. August 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I encourage my children by being available to them and teaching them that success comes with hard work, perseverance, and prayer.

55 sandra August 6, 2013 at 6:41 am

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

56 Rosanne August 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I try to recognize each unique talent each of them has and guide them towards that activity

57 ashley August 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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

58 Tara August 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I encourage them to try new things to find something they truly enjoy!

59 samantha s August 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I challenge my kids to follow their dreams by making them try new things and helping them overcome the fear of failing/not liking something.

60 samantha s August 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm
61 steve weber August 8, 2013 at 1:59 am

tell them to work hard, and to never give up and don’t listen to what anyone says.

62 Diane baum August 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

We encourage them to try new things and believe in themselves.

63 cw August 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

64 clynsg August 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

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.

65 Jennifer August 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

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!

66 ky2here August 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

By teaching them critical thinking and supporting their decisions.

67 ky2here August 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm
68 Brittney House August 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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!!

69 Bernie August 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

I encourage my kids to do their best.

70 BusyWorkingMama August 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

I encourage my daughter to practice her piano.

71 Lisa V. August 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

By setting a good example and being their biggest support.

72 cassandra mccann August 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I give them tasks based on their individual strong points

73 Karen Gonyea August 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

We let them dream BIG !!!

74 maria cantu August 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

I just tell them to do their best in what they are doing.

75 thischickwins August 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

i tell them that, with work, their dreams are reachable

76 Erica C. August 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

We give them small tasks that they can complete so they feel confident.

77 Kenny F August 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

lead them by example

78 Erica Best August 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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

79 Erica Best August 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm
80 CharityS August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I am always pushing my son to strive for greatness.

81 CharityS August 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm
82 K. Cleaver August 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

We use positive reinforcement.

83 Betty C August 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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.

84 Kayla August 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

By encouraging them to do anything possible.

85 Mary Jensen August 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

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

86 Michelle Tucker August 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I challenge them by letting them by celebrating their successes and helping them through things they have difficulty with.
Michelle Tucker
michelletucker at baconnation dot net

87 Michelle Tucker August 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Michelle Tucker
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88 Betty C August 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm
89 tracy p. August 12, 2013 at 2:56 am

I challenge my kids by telling them to try to learn or experience one new thing each day.

90 tracy p. August 12, 2013 at 2:57 am
91 justin p August 12, 2013 at 4:20 am

I encourage them to overcome their fears, celebrate their successes & walk with them through failures.

92 Mihaela D. August 12, 2013 at 5:16 am

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

93 susan smoaks August 12, 2013 at 7:51 am

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

94 ashley August 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

I don’t have kids but if I did I would encourage them to try new things.

95 vivian August 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

by telllng them to never give up there dreams

96 Tyneisha Fondren August 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

I let my daughter dream big by reading different stories to her and letting her imagination run!

97 Tabathia B August 12, 2013 at 10:45 am

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

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

98 Tabathia B August 12, 2013 at 10:47 am


tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

99 Heather August 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

I tell my kids they can do anything as long as they set their minds to it, and that “With God all things are possible.”

100 tina reynolds August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

I encourage them by letting them know I believe in them and that anything is possible when you try. I also share my own experiences

101 tina reynolds August 12, 2013 at 11:21 am
102 Thomas Murphy August 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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

103 Thomas Murphy August 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm
104 Amanda Sakovitz August 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I always tell them to believe in themselves and that you wont know if you like something or not unless you try it!
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105 Amanda Sakovitz August 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm
106 Rachel August 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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

107 Ellie W August 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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.

108 Ellie W August 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm
109 Ann Council August 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I tell her of our great grandmother who walked the Trail of Tears and survived. I tell her the same blood and courage flows in her body and to carry herself with courage, determination and be strong.

110 Lillian August 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Always building their self esteem up!

111 Danielle Van Name August 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Encourage their creativity and allow them to dream big!

112 anna pry August 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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

113 anna pry August 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm
114 Melinda August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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!

115 Melinda August 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm
116 SM August 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Build on the strengths that God gives you.

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