If you know anything about our 3 Steece boys...
... I'm sure you can imagine how extremely excited they are to see Disney's new movie, Planes.
And I have to admit, after watching the trailers and reading up on the storyline/characters~ this Mama is pretty pumped to see it as well.
Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), is a little crop dusting plane who dreams of air racing...oh, and by the way~ Dusty is afraid of heights!
With the help of a seasoned mentor and a host of new friends, Dusty finds the courage and determination to push himself to new heights.
Disney's Planes sounds like such a wonderful, inspirational story of how one little fella chose to fight for his big dream~ with the encouragement and support of many different people along the way.
This story is completely connected to our everyday lives~ ESPECIALLY when raising children. I've learned that there isn't just ONE way to motivate and inspire children.
When I read the character bio for Dottie (the cute little forklift), something immediately resonated with me.
Dottie is very practical, realistic, and understands what it takes to pursue certain goals. She is a tell-it-like-it-is friend (a tough-love approach), but is 100% loyal and will always have your back no matter what you decide. In the same way, I encourage my kids to chase their dreams...but I also teach them to how to recognize and overcome obstacles that may unexpectedly pop up on their journey. I am direct and to the point...no need to sugar coat things.
I am also like Chug (the fuel truck). He is Dusty's coach and biggest fan.
I have been and will always be, my kids' biggest cheerleader! From the time they were preemies, fighting for their lives in the NICU...
...to the healthy 5.5 year olds I dropped off at school last week.
They will always have someone who loves them unconditionally and is in their corner. While training Dusty in aerial maneuvers, Skipper (the old navy veteran) began to realize that in many ways, the teacher had become the student.
I am taught this powerful lesson every day of my life. We can learn so many things from our kids. For example, I have seen MY negative traits show themselves in my children and it is a wakeup call for dear 'ole Mom to work on HERSELF. In other aspects, I witness the beautiful innocence of a child-like faith on a daily basis.
There are lessons to be learned EVERY day. Different techniques can help all parents and mentors ensure their kids are following and pursuing their dreams.
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