My Little Mermaid

We love a good movie night at home and are big fans of all the Disney princesses and heroines (especially the dresses!). 

Union Square Chase
(I’ve even made my own version from towels.)

We love the music and the songs. And as a mom, I love the side benefit of the lessons we all learn and the conversations that come up from watching these movies. It’s always great when something she loves can also have a learning experience attached. The latest viewing was Disney’s The Little Mermaid. While we were watching, she went and got her wooden dingle hoppers (forks) from her kitchen and she used them the way that Scuttle showed Ariel.


There have been so many unexpected benefits that have emerged from watching this movie:

1) The improvement in swimming: “Let’s practice swimming like Ariel.” It has worked like a charm in our friend’s pool. She also likes how her curly hair gets longer when she is in the water (“Like Rapunzel!”. But that is for a different post).

2) The ‘Quiet Game’: “What happened? Oh! Ursula took your voice?” She made that game up herself. But I am a BIG fan of the quiet game.

3) Signing a Contract: On a serious note, we have had conversations about people asking you to do stuff that you know is not ‘safe’. I asked her, “What is it about Ursula’s ‘deal’ that makes you uncomfortable?”  At age 4, she really has a handle on the pros and cons in some ways that are beyond her years.

4) Singing: We sing and sing and sing along with The Little Mermaid.


This modern Disney film is coming out for the first time on a Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on October 1st. You can visit the Disney page to pre-order it and for lots of fun Little Mermaid activities. OR you can enter to win a copy from us! Make your own family movie night with a $50 Visa gift card and a copy of the Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack. To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post and telling us: “How do you encourage your children to follow their dreams?”

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91 Comments to My Little Mermaid
    • Kelly D
    • 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.

    • Kay M.
    • We’ve always told the boys they can do whatever they set their minds to. If they want something badly enough, they can have it, if they are willing to work hard for it. Working on the farm has helped them learn this, we think!

    • DrRuss
    • Susi,
      Did you know that your daughter can write to her favorite Disney character and that she will receive an autographed 8 x 10 photo back to her? Here is the address:

      Attn: (name of character)
      Walt Disney World Communications
      PO Box 10040
      Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

    • Cynthia C
    • I think it’s important for kids to know that their efforts have value even if they are not 1005 successful. If they are encouraged to keep trying, they are more likely to succeed.

    • Wild Orchid
    • 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

      • D SCHMIDT
      • My main answer does not seem to show
        Our children are very young still but we encourage them 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.

    • kaholly
    • Delightful post! I love Disney!! We were frequent visitors there when my daughter was growing up. I encouraged her to follow her dreams by exposing her to everything I could. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we sure had a lot of fun adventures and learning experiences. As a single mom on a very tight shoestring, my hope was to lead by example and show her that ‘the world was her oyster’!

    • Erika
    • 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. 🙂


    • Amy Tong
    • What a wonderful message and reminder to parents. 🙂

      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!

      amy [at] utry [dot] it

    • Anastasia
    • 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 🙂

    • sarah hirsch
    • 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

    • joni
    • 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.

    • Stephanie Larison
    • 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.

    • Lisa Garner
    • 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

    • jennifer
    • 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!

    • Lauren Harmon
    • 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.

    • Tim AName
    • 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.

    • susan smoaks
    • 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.

    • angie lilly
    • By always listening to them and taking their thoughts and opinions seriously. By not trying to change them to conform to being like you or like everyone else. By letting them know that it is OK to be different.

    • Brandy Foley
    • I encourage my 3 year old daughter by letting her experience everything possible, as long as it is safe. I let her know she can do anything she puts her mind to–just like her momma. I speak to her like an adult – and give her the confidence she needs to excel in life.

    • Ellie W
    • 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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