Parenting, Disney Planes and $100 to Fandago!

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You know we are Disney fans here so I was excited when they asked us to learn about some of the characters in the upcoming movie Planes!

Parenting has been the only job I’ve ever been 100% sure I wanted. I love being a Mom. Ever since the boys were born I’ve had a “do what works for you” type of parenting style. What works for me and my kids won’t work for everyone and vice versa. One of the things I try hard to instill in my kids is that courage and belief in themselves will get them far. I love that Disney is trying to get that message across with their new movie Planes!

We are excited for the movie so it was fun to read about the new characters (and the actors who will be playing them) and their personalities. In the movie Dusty is a crop duster has a fear of heights and a dream to win an international race. He has a lot of people in his life who support him (or not) in his dreams. 

Like I said before I have a “what works for you” type of parenting style. Every situation is a bit different and I try to take each as it comes deciding what my kids need from me to reach their goals. Sometimes they need a little push, sometimes a lot of encouragement but I think we, as their parents, lay the foundation for how they will go about life very early on. I think I really connect with Chug (voice of Brad Garret) who is a fuel truck in the movie. 

Chug PlanesAllison Waken and boys

 Ok so I hope I don’t look like a fuel truck πŸ˜‰ Chug is a bold supporter and Dusty’s biggest fan (I will ALWAYS be my kids’ biggest fan) If Chug doesn’t have what Dusty needs he’ll find someone who does! While I may need to encourage hard work like Leadbottom would (a puttering old bi-plane) sometimes, for the most part I try to be encouraging without being overbearing. I definitely encourage them to try new things and if they fail to try again.

I tend not to take on a “tough love” approach like Dottie the forklift (although some situations may call for it) but I do see a lot of Rochelle (one of the other race competitors) in myself. She’s a confident tough racer who learns as she goes. 

Learning about the characters has definitely got me excited for the movie and thinking about my parenting style and how best to teach my boys to have the courage to keep going and reach their dreams.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. I have two nieces and I don't encourage them. 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 each time! Hopefully they feel encouraged enough to get excited over trying new things at other times! πŸ™‚

  2. We just try and try again. If the boys get frustrated, we take a break and try again.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 πŸ™‚

  5. Stephanie Larison Reply

    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.

  6. I teach my kids not to be afraid to try something at least once. experience as much of life as possible.

  7. We dabble in a little bit of everything. My husband holds weekly "science experiments" with our four boys, a box and sidewalk chalk are our favorite toys right now which have been used to create spaceships/submarines/airplanes/prisons. TV is off and the backyard is up for adventure!

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

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  9. Deb Moretti Reply

    I foster their creativity and hope this directs them toward their dreams. I also try to give them the tools and encouragement needed to reach those dreams.

  10. 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

  11. We've been having our son try lots of different activities- sports, crafts, music, etc. in order to find the things he likes and is interested in continuing. He just turned 6 last week so we're definitely still in an exploratory phase.

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

  13. 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

  14. 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! πŸ™‚

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

  16. I know it will sound crazy but I looked astrologically at what they would like water signs water sports air signs rock climbing

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

  18. Steve weber Reply

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

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

  23. Brittney House Reply

    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!!

    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

  24. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by playing with them and teaching them about diversity, building character, and reaching personal goals.

  25. cassandra mccann Reply

    by giving them individual tasks based on their strong point to help them excel

  26. Karen Gonyea Reply

    We teach them that even if they fail, they have learned !! and they can grow more from failure than success.

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

  28. 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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