The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition: Helping Girls to Find Their Voice

It’s not very often that my daughter is impressed with the fact that I’m a blogger.  While she does enjoy the fact that I will redecorate her room at the drop of a hat, most of the time the things I write about are not relevant to her ten-year-old world…until today. When I told her that we had been selected to preview the Diamond Edition of The Little Mermaid and write a post about it, she was pretty excited.  I was too, because I first saw The Little Mermaid when I was in college (yes, that makes me officially as old as dirt!).  I loved it then, and I still do.

We’ve been a “Disney family” for quite a while now, because they have graciously offered deeply discounted tickets to active duty military and their families in the years since 9-11.  We have visited Disney World five times in the last ten years–I feel like I could write a guidebook!–and I do want to take a moment to thank them for their support of our country’s service members.  It is so appreciated.

Because we were able to visit Disney World, my daughter got to meet Ariel and the other princesses–for real and in person–at the very height of her “Princess Phase.”  In the photo below my four-year-old baby is sporting her Snow White gown and still has her baby curls (I miss them!).

Ariel the Little Mermaid Disney World The Little Mermaid will be available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1, but we got to enjoy a private preview screening–so fun!

watching the Little Mermaid

My daughter was fighting off a back-to-school cold, so how nice to snuggle up with a blanket and a movie!

We popped popcorn and settled in to watch Ariel, Flounder, and the rest of the gang.  I will confess to singing along once or twice (Kiss the Girl! and Under the Sea!), but I wasn’t the only one.  My daughter doesn’t go to the grocery store in a princess gown anymore, sadly, but she still enjoys a happy ending as much as I do.

I always appreciate the way that Disney weaves deeper themes into their stories.  Ariel perseveres despite all the influences working to thwart her, even when all seems lost.  In the end, her determination and refusal to give up are what helped her find her voice and achieve her dreams–of living in the world of humans AND winning the handsome Prince Eric.  Aren’t you glad he didn’t marry that awful Ursula/Vanessa troll?!

We encourage many of the same character traits in our home.  As a military child, my daughter doesn’t have the luxury of being a shrinking violet.  When you move every two to three years, you have to jump in with both feet and start making a place for yourself right away.  My daughter uses her ballet dancing as a way to make new friends who share common goals and interests, and at the same time continues to pursue her dream of being a dancer–no matter how often we move or where we live.

ballet dancer

One of our goals as parents is to raise resilient children who can adapt to new situations and figure out a way through–or around–roadblocks.  And so far, we’re realizing that goal.  She is welcome to marry a handsome prince if she wishes, too, just like I did 🙂 !

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So, how do you encourage your child(ren) to follow their dreams? Leave me your answer in the comments below, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $50 Visa gift card and a Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack.  Not bad, huh? Thanks for stopping by! christy name pic

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  1. I’m an Air Force brat myself, and because of that its always been important to me that my kids learn to be adaptable, warm towards others, and eager to jump right in to anything. They are also PK’s (preacher’s kids) so they’ve also had to learn how to live life in a fishbowl, and to let the constant pressure of others expectations roll off their backs. I think challenges like those are great for building character! It may not be easy, but I think in the long run it will serve them well.

  2. What a PERFECTLY timed post! I sent my 3rd grade and Kindergarten daughters off to their first official school day this morning. How can that be?!

    We work on being nice, having fun and feeling good about our actions and activities. I have very girly, but very strong soccer players. They love anything that puts dirt under their nails, but also allows them to feel like princesses wearing dresses and singing about their dreams.

    We have welcomed new neighbors, served at church and volunteer when possible. I hope my girls understand the knowledge, service and self confidence true princesses much demonstrate. And that they find their dreams however and wherever they can.

  3. We just LOVE the little mermaid at our house 🙂 I’m trying to raise my daughter to be an independent girl and thinker. It is okay to not do whatever else is doing. She needs to be true to herself and her desires.

  4. Although my kids are young, and their dreams change daily, whenever they express interest in a new dream, we try to embrace it as best we can. We read and research to learn more on the topic/subject. Most importantly, we listen to their great big dreams as we silently hope and pray that they will someday come true for them!

  5. Never say “no” to a child without explaining the reasons for that “no”.

  6. 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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  8. Jessica To says:

    I try to encourage my son to try new things and to never give up on anything.

  9. I encourage them to be creative and pursue the things they love to do.

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

  11. 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.

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    I encourage them by always giving them a positive response and supporting their ideas.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  13. Lisa Brown says:

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  14. We love the Little Mermaid too!!!! Even now at 15 and 17. I have always tried to teach my girls to be strong women through sports. And I mean physically strong. I never had that as a young girl. Both play soccer which requires strength and endurance as well as intelligence. It teaches them confidence and pride in their bodies making them comfortable in their own skin. Which in turn makes them strong emotionally too.

  15. I encourage them by complimenting when they try new things, and giving them all the support they need! 🙂

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  17. I try to encourage my children to follow their dreams by allowing them to be themselves. My daughter is a dancer also, and even though the dream she has can be expensive and inconvenient at times, I encourage her to continue to pursue it!

  18. I encourage them to try new activities and provide them with the tools they need to accomplish what they love.

  19. Wild Orchid says:

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

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  21. Crystal Chavez says:

    I have been following your blog for a while now & I love it, including the story behind it.
    Now in response to how I encourage my children to follow their dreams, well I try my best to talk to them about a lot of different things in life. I talk to them about going to college and pursuing anything they love, even multiple careers or hobbies. I have one daughter (8yrs) that says she wants to be a singer, teacher, author, car wash attendant, & owner of a hamburger joint. I told her she can do all of that and more if she wants. My other daughter (9yrs) wants to be a director and script writer. I tell them they need to work hard, very hard in life for what they want, and that nothing is free in life except the love of your family.

  22. By making them believe they are capable of everything and anything!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  23. Susan Smith says:

    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.

  24. Susan Smith says:
  25. My daughter loves animals so I encouraged her by teaming up with her to volunteer at the local shelter.

  26. 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.

  27. By letting them dream big and then showing them what they’ll have to do to accomplish it

  28. I encourage kids to go for their dreams and passions by supporting their ideas.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  30. I encourage them to meet many different children and try many activities, be socialized for the real world

  31. My girls are 4 and 2 so we are really just entering the princess phase! They haven’t got to see The Little Mermaid….yet! It was one of my favorite movies as a child so I will make sure they see it and hear me sing every word to every song!!!!

    I love to encourage their imaginations, play as much as I can with them, and we LOVE to read!!!!!!! I love encouraging books they help reinforce when I tell them they are capable of anything they try!!!!

  32. We encourage our kiddos by setting goals. We write them out, pick a day to have that goal complete and come up with a game plan!

  33. 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. 🙂


  34. Janice Cooper says:

    Being supportive, positive and encouraging and always speaking positive words. Its so important to let them know nothing is impossible.

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  36. Wendy Pesce says:
  37. Wendy Pesce says:

    I always encourage them to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.

  38. lots of praise for trying

  39. What a lovely message from the mermaid. 🙂 I always encourage my kids to try out different things, and if they like certain things more, try to learn more about it whenever they have a chance. Follow their heart and never give up in following their dreams.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  40. I just make sure my kids know that I will help them in any way to pursue what their dreams are.

  41. As a teacher, I encourage my students to follow their dreams by listening to them and encouraging them to dream! To often, adults try to dictate the dreams of children when, really, they can do it all on their own!

  42. by being supportive and encouraging them to be the best they can be!

  43. jeannine s says:

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

  44. by reading him encouraging stories!

  45. Erica Best says:

    I set and talk to my nephew about real life his liked and dislike and helping him be him self

  46. Erica Best says:
  47. 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.

  48. soha molina says:

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

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

  50. I let them do whatever they can within reason and limits!

  51. Shannon Baas says:

    By encouraging them to follow their dreams

  52. Emily Morelli says:

    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.

  53. I encourage my kids through love and support. I help them achieve their goals through guidance and always have their back 100%

  54. Rebecca Graham says:

    I offered hands on experiences.

  55. Anastasia says:

    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 🙂

  56. Anastasia says:
  57. I always show them how their dreams are not impossible if you continue to believe and work hard!!

  58. Kim Ripley says:

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

  59. sarah hirsch says:

    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

  60. Barbara M says:

    I encourage the kids at a young age to try new things.
    And I tell them that all things are possible.
    Thank you.

  61. Barbara M says:
  62. I have always told my children when they were younger to follow their dreams.

  63. Christina Marie says:

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

  64. Christina Marie says:
  65. I encourage my children to follow their dreams by showing them love and support. 🙂

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

  67. I like to buy them things that encourage experimentation, like drum sets and science kits so they can find out what they like.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  68. Diane baum says:

    I encourage my sons to follow their own drummer , a leader and not a follower

  69. Tabathia B says:

    By encouraging her not to be afraid to try new things

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  71. Paula Hafner says:

    I support them, encourage their creativity, and try to give them the best tools that they need to follow their dreams and interest.

  72. maria cantu says:

    I tell them they can do whatever they set their mind to do.

  73. 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 🙂

  74. We supported our daughter’s dreams and let her know she could do anything she set her mind to!

  75. My daughter love dinosaurs and dragons. She wants to be a paleontologist when she ‘grows up.’ I encourage her as much as possible. We recently brought her to dinosaur world and she now pretends to be the guide who educated us on the tour. Whenever she is discouraged about school work I remind her that if she cannot read or preform math then she will not be able to account for new spices or measure bones!

  76. I tell my kids they can do anything they put their minds to

  77. My daughter has always been independent in her decision making. She was the only girl on her school’s surf team with a used surfboard from the Goodwill…she did not allow anything to stop her. She is now serving in the US Navy and was only the third girl on her ship when she enlisted. She always amazes me with her courage and bravery. She has always loved Disney and we have spent many hours in her childhood watching their movies, singing along with Radio Disney and visiting Disneyland…I like to think that Disney contributed to her upbringing and contributed to who she is.

  78. Sunshine Bourque says:

    I don’t have daughters. I do, however, have little boys who love Disney, and a happy ending, and even a princess or two. Don’t tell them I told you 😉 I think it’s tough to rear children in this modern day, whether they are boys or girls. I try very hard to teach them believe in themselves, in their strength and abilities, and to always be willing to learn and grow in areas where they aren’t necessarily as strong and as able. I try to encourage them to be the kind of young men I want others to be around…courteous, respectful, polite, encouraging, happy, loving…I could go on forever. Mostly, I want them to be who they are, and content with that. To know that they have a voice, and it’s ok to use it, and they are loved for who they are and where they are at.

  79. janna johnson says:

    By allowing them to explore and discover life on their own.

  80. Francine Anchondo says:

    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.

  81. Michelle H says:

    by providing lots for them to see and try – and then putting the time and praise toward what brings them joy

  82. 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.

  83. Carohn Joline Z. says:

    I would encourage my child to follow her/his dreams, by sharing my dreams with them. Flying in a helicopter, or taking a scenic ride in a hot air balloon as a family shows my son/daughter that they can do anything he/she sets their mind to accomplish.

  84. I encourage them to do whatever makes them happy.

  85. I’ve always been her biggest cheerleader and support and encourage her in her endeavors.

  86. Stephanie Larison says:

    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.

  87. Lauren Flynn says:

    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!

  88. I encourage our children to try new things so they have the opportunity to discover what they really love.

  89. joseph gersch says:

    i tell my daughter she can be anything she wants to be

  90. Karen Drake says:

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

  91. Harmony B says:

    I always tell my kids they can be whatever they want to be, even a doctor, astronaut, lawyer all in one.

  92. Harmony B says:
  93. I encourage them to try new things and than support them in everything they try

  94. 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.

  95. Lisa Garner says:

    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.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  96. we hope that by homeschooling our kids, they will be more encouraged to follow their own dreams

  97. Lisa Garner says:
  98. 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!

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

  100. We just let them know that we support them in anything they want to do.

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

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. melikegarfield says:

    Once an interest suggests a “dream”, we like to have them do some “structured” activity that could be seen as a goal. So if you want to be a ballerina, watch some videos, breakdown what they do, and then try to learn a few skills.

  105. susan smoaks says:

    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.
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  106. It is so important not to be scared to step outside your own comfort zone when you kids share their hopes and dreams with you. Remember that they are individuals and not mini-yous. It is OK if they find their own path. It is your job to support and encourage this.

  107. Mary Somerville says:

    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.

  108. Mary Somerville says:
  109. I try to teach them that it is OK to be just who they are.

  110. Buddy Garrett says:

    We support our daughter by encouraging her to explore. When she finds an activity she is interested in we give her love and support to pursue it.

  111. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I encourage them by telling them to go for what they believe in and always finish

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  113. Christian Alejandro says:

    I find it important to be supportive, but also lead by example by continue to pursue my own.

  114. Christian Alejandro says:
  115. Caitlin McClure says:

    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

  116. Thomas Murphy says:

    I tell my kids to do whatever makes them happy.

  117. Thomas Murphy says:
  118. 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.

  119. tina reynolds says:

    I let them know anything is possible if they believe in it and that I believe in them and will always be behind them.

  120. tina reynolds says:
  121. By helping them to believe in their self and that with a lot of practice and hard work they can accomplish anything

  122. I teach them and support them.

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