Keep On Singing (Little Mermaid giveaway)

Little Mermaid on DVD

Way back in the 90’s when our now-grown girls were tiny, one of the movies that found its way to our VHS player fairly often was Disney’s Little Mermaid. As a family who loves to quote movie lines, we still joke now and then about dinglehoppers, and I think we all ended up memorizing at least part of the song, ‘Kiss the Girl’.


We still own that same well-worn VHS copy of Little Mermaid. Only problem is, all but one of our VHS players have bitten the dust, and the one that survived happens to be one of those all-in-one TV/VCR combos. So when our little girls get a hankering to watch Little Mermaid or another movie in our VHS Disney collection, one of their brothers has to tote out the TV/VCR, and attach it to our regular TV before they can let their movies play. Yes, it works, but it’s a little clunky, and every time we pull out that TV, I wonder how much longer that VHS player will last. That’s why I was pleased when I was offered a ‘Diamond Edition’ copy of Little Mermaid to review. The girls had fun popping it in and watching a favorite again. When ‘Part of Your World’ came on, I might have broken into song, just for a moment or two. And my 15yo sons might also have looked at me cross-eyed.

They ought to be used to me breaking out in song by now — singing has always been a love of mine, something that really brings me joy. As for my little girls, they joined right in and sang along. They’re still at that gloriously unselfconscious age where they don’t spend a second worrying what other people will think about them. I hope that even when they move into the teen years, they’ll keep doing what brings them joy– yes, even if they get a cross-eyed look now and then. For one of my daughters, that joyful thing is definitely art. And both of them love to sing. What activities bring your child joy?

In conjunction with this review, I am giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack. All you have to do to enter the drawing is comment below and answer this question: How do you encourage your children to follow their dreams and do what brings them joy?


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  1. I encourage them to dream big and allow them to do what their little hearts dream. I help guide them and direct them towards imaginative play.

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

  3. i encourage them to try new things and be happy doing them, if its no good, dont force yourself to do something (unless its homework) lol

  4. Jenn McClearn says:

    I never discourage his hobbies or interests and try to learn more about them so I can his 100s of questions a day.

  5. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) says:

    My kids and I love the Little Mermaid and would love to have it on Blu-Ray. We have a couple of the BD sets and they are amazing.

  6. amy pugmire says:

    My daughter loves to dance so I put her in dance and she is so happy she loves it!

  7. amy pugmire says:
  8. I encourage their creativity and their dreams.

  9. 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.

  10. Stephanie A says:

    My children are still very young but I plan to let them choose which activities they would like to pursue. Right now we encourage a lot of imagination play.

  11. I make sure they know that they are loved and supported no matter what, and that failing at something is ok as long as you try again.

  12. Oh I try to encourage my kids to follow their dreams, but I’m not so good at it. My daughter has a strong drive and she’s so brave! So I do what I can to enable her to do what she wants — i.e. putting up some $, driving her around, or whatever.

  13. kim burnett says:

    by supporting her decisions

  14. 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. 🙂


  15. 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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  18. Wendy Pesce says:

    I always encourage my children to try everything and always do your best!

  19. I don’t have children yet. But I plan on showing them how to be positive and keep working towards goals.

  20. lots of praise for trying

  21. hehe…I still remember those VHS thingy, I have quite a few in my collections too.
    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

  22. Let them dream big but also help them realize what it’ll take to get there (especially as they grow older)

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

  24. by being supportive of their choices and encourage them

  25. by example and trying new things, get out of that rut!

  26. My daughter would love to have this movie! She is 7 and still doing things that make her happy! I love it!

  27. Cynthia C says:

    I gave them lots of opportunities to try different things and encouraged the ones they enjoyed.

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  29. jeannine s says:

    We encourage them to try new things, follow things they like and want to do

  30. i read him stories to encourage his imagination – reading brings him joy!

  31. Erica Best says:

    I help my nephew be him self but loving him for self and not turning him i want him to be

  32. Erica Best says:
  33. 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.

  34. soha molina says:

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

  35. soha molina says:
  36. I encourage them to try something at least once and pray to God about it.

  37. I let them do whatever they want within limits and encourage them.

  38. Shannon Baas says:

    By encouraging them to follow their dreams.

  39. 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.

  40. I encourage my kids dreams through love and support. I help them achieve their dreams and back them up 100%

  41. Rebecca Graham says:

    by giving opportunities and encouragement.

  42. 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 🙂

  43. Anastasia says: