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 😉 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. 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.

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  2. Mary Jensen Reply

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

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  3. I encourage my kids to follow their dreams by telling them they can do it and praising them.

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

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

  6. susan smoaks Reply

    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

  7. I don't have kids but if I did I would encourage them to be themselves, try new things, work hard and no matter what I will always be proud of them,

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

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  9. tina reynolds Reply

    I make sure they know I believe they can do anything they try

  10. Heather Stamper Reply

    I encourage my kids my kids by encouraging them to do anything they set their mind to. My motto to them is the bible verse "With God all things are possible."


  11. Amanda Sakovitz Reply

    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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  12. Thomas Murphy Reply

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

  13. 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!

  14. Janet Cruise Reply

    I always advised my children to follow their hearts and I encouraged them by doing a great many things myself so they would see that anything is possible.

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