I Am Sam - Hear Me Roar - Sammy Makes Six

I Am Sam - Hear Me Roar

I have been paid to blog and promote The Good Dinosaur as part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Disney/Pixar. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Sam is my youngest. She is soon to be nine and growing up so fast, it's crazy to see just how much she has changed. My chubby baby girl is no more, now there is this little lady who has her own mind and is already really set in her own ways. I hope that I can finish watching her grow up and that I have paved the road correctly for her. My mom was like many Mexican parents, of the thought that you don't need to show your kids love, instead you have to teach them to be strong. Not all Mexican parents are like this, but my mom is older and very old fashioned and she raised us the way she was raised. I have five girls so those ideas antiquadas where not for me. I have tried to be different with my girls and though I have my mess ups, I think I did a good job. They were taught to: be good people, to love equally (there are no races or genders just people) and most important to be themselves.

I think Sam has done a good job learning the lessons of finding her roar and being herself. I am proud of her for having her own ideas when it comes to life and what she wants. She's talked about adopting a kid instead of having her own for a few years now. She doesn't agree that women need to change their last name after marriage to match the husbands and she doesn't think she will marry. But she knows that she wants to study and work hard so that she can do many things with her kids like we do.

It all boils down to letting her be herself and teaching her to be confident. I've always taught her that it's about who you are as a person. It’s about finding your inner roar (who you are inside) and letting that roar out. She doesn’t have to be as talkative or even as outgoing as other kids, because really she’s still very quiet, she just has to be herself.

Sam is a work in progress- she’s gone from being that little girl who was extremely shy and terrified of going to school with other kids to having a best friend who she has endless phone conversations with. She’s going to join the local basketball team this summer and tries to be more outgoing and active in school functions. She’s even planning a YouTube channel of her own because she has things she wants to share with other children via her channel. She’s learned to face her fears with confidence, which is great because she is the Tia of 6 nieces and nephews (5 who are younger than her) and will surely teach them to do the same.

That is exactly the idea behind Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Bring home this original story full of humor, heart, action and imagination, perfect for the whole family!

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will be available pre – Street (before 2/23) – On Blu-ray, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere February 23!

Watching Arlo make his own way and finding that not everything he was taught was right, made me think of how much we as parents have to push our kids to find their own roar. Let's not hold them back with our ideas or insecurities. Many times I think my mom was so scared of this world that she was mean to us to protect us, but that didn't work.

Instead we need to empower children and let them know that they can do whatever they want in life. Let's teach them tolerance and love, and maybe one day this world can be a better place. Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is a great story about finding your roar and place in life, something we can all use more of. Buy this inspirational movie on February 23rd and share it with toda la familia!

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