Young Heroes in My Home
I always thought I was a pretty good kid. I wasn’t a trouble maker. I got good grades, was athletic, motivated and had a lot of friends. Like every kid, I had my faults but when I look at my daughters, I see more ambition than I ever had. They have vision and focus. They take on new challenges with excitement. They possess the skills of compassion and drive. Even at a young age, they are my heroes. I’m an incredibly proud mom.
It became pretty apparent several years ago that they are destined to succeed in whatever they choose to do. When Miss K was just a wee one, she asked if she could volunteer at the library. She wanted to read to little kids who didn’t know how to read. We talked to the library and they welcomed her with open arms. When little kids were around, she would read to them. When they weren’t, she took care of reshelving and sorting books in the children’s section. We’ve mentioned before that she has a heart for philanthropy and we’re certainly encouraging it.
It has been exciting to see how Miss M has matured and grown as well. In 4th grade, she came home and told us she wanted to play the cello in the orchestra. I asked her why the cello and her answer was detailed and on target. The school’s beginning orchestra includes four instruments: violin, viola, cello and bass. She described the sounds from each of the various instruments and concluded that she liked the sound produced by the cello best. Right there, right at that moment, I realized we were on the horizon of something very special. Despite the fact I have zero musical talents, I whole-heartedly supported her decision to learn and excel. Not only has she continued with her music passion through the school but she also joined the school band, playing the French Horn. In addition, she auditioned and was invited to join the youth program for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, an organization celebrating its 100th season this year. As fate would have it, they are closing out their 100th season with a performance by master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Talk about kismet.
Both girls take on new challenges like robotics even though it means more “homework”. They talk about their future, dreams and even college. Is it possible that we have drilled these ideas into their heads or are they picking them up on their own because of the opportunities they have been given? We take them to conferences, events, museums and more. I’m sure they even pick up some of the ideas from the movies and shows we watch. Aside from the entertainment value of movies, they offer a great opportunity to open discussion about so many important subjects. Take for example, Disney Planes Fire & Rescue that comes out on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD tomorrow, November 4th.
Disney Planes Fire and Rescue shares an inspiring story of heroics using humor, team building and adventure. When Dusty, star of Disney Planes, discovers he may never race again, he joins a team of aerial firefighters who are tasked with the responsibility of protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from wildfires.
Exposing kids to these different ideas is just as important as encouraging them to succeed in whatever they decide to do. Disney Planes Fire and Rescue does a great job of introducing heroism in an interesting and fun way. It’s a perfect movie to watch as a family. It will stir conversation and excitement. Be sure to grab a copy of Disney Planes Fire and Rescue on Blu-ray or Digital HD to inspire your Everyday Hero.
If you stop and really think about it, our kids are all heroes in their own way: fearless, excited, compassionate. Take a few minutes to think about ways your child is an Everyday Hero then share them in the #MyEverydayHeroSweeps for a chance to win some cool Disney prizes.
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What do your kids do that you see as heroic?
This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Disney Planes Fire & Rescue blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed her are my own.
17 thoughts on “Young Heroes in My Home”
My kids always surprise me with how much courage and determination the have in anything they do, they are very active and love to prove to us they are capable of during what they love. They love being little hero’s.
I do not have any children but can honestly say that my friend’s son is heroic in his own way. Since he was a tiny little boy he wanted to act–guess what–he finished college with a double major in acting and (thankfully) psychology. He is definitely my unsung hero!
Your girls have such spirit and they are going to go far in life! My daughter is so adventurous. She is always willing to try new things, which in turn, encourages me to try them too!
I love what you kids have done… My daughter amazes me with the little things she does to make a difference in the world.
Hurrah for kismet! 🙂 And I think it’s wonderful that you’re so supportive of what they want to do. I’m headed over to check out the sweeps.
I love that you are open enough to sit back and watch the kids blossom into whoever they choose to be versus force their path. Kudos! 🙂
Kids have so much courage. I am always surprised by my kids.
What awesome stories about your children. You must be overflowing with pride. It’s amazing to see what wonderful things kids are capable when they nutured to follow their dreams and have the support of loving and caring family.
This is a great movie and I love the story. We do need movies like this for our kids to learn from
I love it when I see my daughter speak up for others! She has the makings of a great hero in her!
I love how fearless my kids can be considering I would be happy if they lived in a bubble. LOL I watched the movie with my older two and I loved it. I have to hand it to Dusty. IT was a great film.
When I think of hero’s it’s the little things that they do. I have a friend who will go above and beyond to help others and that to me is a hero. No powers, just the act of kindness.
My son has autism, and he has had to stand up to bullying and adversity, so he is definitely my hero.
I love that your daughter wants to play an instrument in the orchestra! My oldest daughter (16) told me the other day how inspiring and “heroic” it was for me to stay at home and build a career for myself as a write but still be available and raise my kids! I thought that was so special!
Your daughter sounds like a very committed young woman. I wish her continued success!
It’s so neat to hear that your girls are following their dreams! What talented cuties! I think it’s also key that they have your support to listen and help them follow these goals – that encouragement will help them excel now and in the future!