The Little Mermaid- Review and Giveaway

I've reviewed a couple of Disney movies here on my blog because I love these classic children's movies.  In fact, I don't really buy DVD's except for the Disney classics.  They're a must-have in my book.  But I have to say that the movie on the very top of the list of my favorites, has always been, the Little Mermaid!  I was thrilled to hear that it will be released for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1st.  

I have always loved Ariel's fun and explorative personality because she followed her dream and got it in the end.  Along the way, there were lessons to be learned.  She got help from the "bad guys" and lost her voice because of it.  I always thought that the trouble Ariel got into, wasn't because she was mischievous, but because she knew what she wanted.  Gotta love a strong girl like that.  But that starry look in her eyes as she envisions her dreams really did make me love her as a child.  Of course the music IS the very best!  I totally remember swimming in my back yard and singing "part of your world" as I splashed around. 
 

I have a sentimental attachment to this movie because it WAS the very FIRST VHS I ever called my own.  I bought it with my own money even!  I pushed this sentiment on my own daughters as it was the first DVD I ever bought for them (on my oldest's first Christmas when she was only 6 months)!  I was ready to teach my daughters the importance of always following your dreams and standing up for what you believe in.  And I just wanted them to learn the songs and sing with me. 

And of course my daughters had to be mermaids for Halloween as soon as we could manage.  My oldest wanted to be Ariel, but specifically the Ariel "on land" so she could walk and trick-or-treat. Haha.  I had to support her opinion in this one.  We even spray painted the little blondie to be a red head that night.  She stated that her younger sister was one of the "mermaid sisters."  Ahh the memories!

They've grown up a lot since then and they still love this classic.  We all watched the new Blu-ray edition together and it was amazing.  (I still can't get over Blu-ray).  We all sang and my kids are still impressed that I know every word in the movie.  I can recite along with it on command!  It's a talent that hasn't waned over the years.  Haha.  My little mer-man even joined in a few songs, although I'm sure he wouldn't admit it.    I hope these little darlings can find their own voice like Ariel did in the end.
 
If you don't own this one yet, it should be on the list!  Check out the Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack here.
 
 
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  4. Never criticize or shoot down your child's dreams.

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  5. 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.

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  7. By helping them along the way. If they are interested in something, we help provide them the opportunities.

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  8. I encourage by supporting my son’s ideas and teaching him to work hard

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  10. I encourage my chikdren to always do their very best no matter what they are doing. No one can ask for more. And if one is doing their best, your dreams are never very far out of reach.

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  11. I encourage my kids by learning what they love and letting them teach me, even if its Pokemon or something.

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  12. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by letting them try new experiences they are interested in and giving them words of encouragement along the way.
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  14. I encourage them by always giving them a positive response and supporting their ideas.
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  15. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/375213195356434432
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  16. I encourage my grandchildren by supporting them and encouraging them to make positive choices. We try to learn as much as we can about what they find interesting.

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  17. I tell my daughters how smart they are and that they can do anything they put there minds to.

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  18. I tweeted!!!

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  19. By not shooting down and dreams or ideas while they are young and encouraging them to try many things!

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  20. I tweeted too! https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/375343347344232448

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  21. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by reminding them often that they are beautiful and brilliant. Those qualities will help them meet their goals only as long as they are paired with the important virtue of hard work. My husband and I tell the kids they can become whatever they want and work hard for.

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  22. I encourage my children to follow their dream by encouraging them to grow their gifts and by nurturing their natural abilities. We have enjoyed watching each one flourish in their own ways and become a special person.

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  23. I try to encouraging my kids by giving them lots of opportunities to try things and praise their accomplishments.

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

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  26. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/375791190823534593

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  27. I encourage our kids by talking with them about what they want to do, what they like, and what kind of dreams I have, too.

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  28. By making them believe they are capable of everything and anything!
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  29. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/376427897612812290
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  30. 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.

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  31. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/376450976774754305

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  32. My daughter loves animals so I encouraged her by teaming up with her to volunteer at the local shelter.
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  33. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/376519542022737922

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  34. My daughter has a dream to swim for a university. We are at the pool 5 days+ a week. I am nutritionist, timer,and all around swim taxi. Love being a mom.

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  35. By encouraging her to pursue passions that will help others.

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  36. We encourage our children 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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  38. I encourage kids to go for their dreams and passions by supporting their ideas.
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  39. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/377279966024445952

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  40. We encourage them to try new things and always do their best! And the word "can't" is a word we stay away from in our house!

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  41. I encourage them to meet many different children and try many activities, be socialized for the real world
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  42. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/378246207316832258
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  43. I encourage my son to try everything atleast once. You never know what will spark a passion. fredde8768 at gmail dot com

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  44. My daughter loves to dance so I put her in dance class and she is so thrilled! she loves it!

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  46. I encourage her to use her imagination during playtime and I hope to encourage her to pursue activities that she loves!

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  47. I let them know they are loved and supported no matter what they do.
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  48. Their grandpa used to tell a story about people who worked at amusement parks measuring him ad telling him he was too short to ride the rides. So he’d stand up as straight as he could with good posture and he’d be 2 inches taller and able to go on the ride. When one of us gets tired and wants to quit, we yell “Two more inches” to encourage them. Because their dream is only 2 inches out of reach sometimes and we just need to stretch ourselves a little to reach it, but it’s totally worth it. IT WORKS FOR US.
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  50. I encourage my children to follow there dreams by telling them to believe in themselves and anything is possible!
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  51. 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. :)

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  52. Being supportive, positive and encouraging and always speaking positive words. Its so important to let them know nothing is impossible.
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  53. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/381903960111452160
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  54. I don't have children yet but I plan on being positive and encouraging about my child's dreams.

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  55. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by following my dreams and setting the example for them.

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  56. 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!

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  58. I just make sure my kids know that I will help them in any way to pursue what their dreams are.
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  59. I encourage my kids to follow their dreams by providing the tools for their growth and experience. Right now, they are fabulous artists!

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  60. I tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/short624/status/384402202258726912

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  61. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/384845463792279552
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  62. be supportive and encouraging to their dreams!

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  63. here's my tweet link: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/384858757622034432

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  64. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by listening to them and helping them achieve their goals. I also love to show them strong, positive females whether it be in movies, books, songs, or real life as inspiration!

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  65. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/JenniferYoung12/status/385604941051473920

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

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  67. i read him inspiring stories! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  68. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/386329811515219968 scg00387 at yahood ot com

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  69. by helping my nephew find his way in the world

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  70. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/386908921929031681

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  71. 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.
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  72. By being supportive of their likes and dreams and providing them the path to follow them in.

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

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  74. I let my kids do just about anything -- within reason, of course.
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  75. By encouraging them to follow their dreams.

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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. https://twitter.com/RamblingRed78/status/387045956367024128

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  79. I told them to work hard to achieve their dreams.

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  80. 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 :)
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  81. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/387142738694504448

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

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

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

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  85. 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
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  86. I believe in giving positive feedback to the kids and encouraging them to try new things.
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  87. Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/387261454518190081

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

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

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  90. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/BigsyBlimpers/status/387422861985452032

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

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

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

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

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  95. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/388351831522299904

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  96. I tell them they can do anything they set their mind to do.
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  97. I encourage my son by having him work hard in school.

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  98. I don’t have kids, but my parents always encouraged and applauded my interests. And later as a young adult, I did indeed follow my dreams.
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  99. I tell my kids they can do anything they put their minds to tanya2330@gmail.com

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  100. 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.

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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. I encourage my children by letting them know that every person is different with their interests and abilities. As long as they are happy and productive it doesn’t make a difference what they choose.

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  104. I've always been her biggest cheerleader and support and encourage her in her endeavors.

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  105. I encourage them to find the courage to persue their dreams.

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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. i tell my daughter she can be anything she wants to be

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

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  110. I encourage them to try new things and always support them in all they do

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

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

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  114. 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.
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  115. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/389845262350311424

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  116. I encourage Meg by helping her to be a creative thinker & to find ways to get things done and solve problems on her own.

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  117. tweeted: https://twitter.com/sarahllemmons/status/389850593201627136

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  118. Let them try things for themselves and encourage them to try things that are new and not something they would normally try.

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  119. 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!
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  120. To encourage my son I tell him he can do anything he puts his mind and heart too.

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  121. https://twitter.com/AliciaJennette/status/389924306408337408

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  122. i just stand behind them- an anchor helps u feel safer to try new things

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

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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. Try new things - whatever the dream, be open and explore unique and unusual ways to make it happen.

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  127. Let them know that nothing is impossible if they work hard and put their minds to it. Support them down whatever path they choose, even if it make you uncomfortable or question your own beliefs. Just because they don't agree with you, doesn't make them wrong.
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  128. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/390141764784254976
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  129. 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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  130. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/390154674172473345

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  131. 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.

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  133. We encourage our daughter y offering praise and encouragement.

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  134. I encourage them to dream big
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  135. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/390173167362125824
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  136. I do my best to help them discover their passions! lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  137. https://twitter.com/lexbaylor27/status/390188255720636416 lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

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  138. 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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  139. I tell my kids to do whatever makes them happy.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  140. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/390196864684810240

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  141. 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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  142. tweet
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  143. Tweeted:
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  144. I don't have kids but keeping a positive attitude always helps

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  145. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/390260976693428224

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  146. 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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  147. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/390287691285143552

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  148. By helping them to believe in their self and that with a lot of practice and hard work they can accomplish anything wilcarvic
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  149. I teach them and support them.

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  150. I give them the tools for imaginative play and spend time teaching them life isn't always fun... sometimes it is work too.

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  151. I encourage my child to follow his dreams by listening to his ideas, researching with him, and investing in his interest.

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