Can you Swim Like Nemo or be Brave like Merida?

When we are trying to encourage the girls to do things, we often use all sorts of persuasion. Some of our methods are regarded as better parenting than others, but like most of you, we just do what we can at each moment to get through.  We want them to have fun by being healthy active children who eat well and play hard.

I have been known to use the age old ‘because I say so’, I’ve definitely banned tele/i-Pad use if they don’t conform, but at other times I am a little more inventive and more often that not it works better than shouting or taking something away.

Examples of this have been based around our up coming Walt Disney World holiday.  I would never say “you are not going on the Disney holiday’ as clearly that is never going to happen. I am more excited than them, and it has cost us more than I’d like to say, however I have used Disney as an example of how to do things I’d like them to do, or how to behave.

In this video below we are showing you how Disney inspires our life as part of #Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter campaign, which promotes life-long healthier behaviours in families through story-telling, imagination, fun and play.

For example, my girls have never really been good eaters, by which I mean quick eaters really.  Dinner can often take a very long time, and for a while asking them to take Peter Pan bites (he takes big bites seemingly) as opposed to Tinkerbell bites (little ones) yes I know sorry (!) shoot me for the gender stereotyping there, worked well.  The girls considered this part of the fun of eating and we managed to get through breakfast or a bowl of pasta in less than half an hour!

Move onto holidays (which is what we love here at Mini Travellers) and some of the things we have asked them to do, have been quite challenging.

Early last year we persuaded the girls to try skiing.  They had never done it before, they were only 4, 3 and 3 at that time. So we told them that as they loved Frozen then clearly they would need to learn how to manage the snow.  If they wanted to be Anna  & Elsa in real life, then they didn’t need to just wear the pretty dresses:


They needed to learn how to get up a mountain (and get back down it too) and guess what –  it worked!  Here is Lily telling you about the campaign and showing you her video of her skiing at age 4, after only 5 days of lessons and practicing how to be Elsa.

Swimming is also one of our favourite activities.  The girls go every week at home after school on a Thursday, but it is so important to us that they can swim as we spend so much time in the pool when we are away on holiday.  We have three kids too and only two adults so teaching them to swim is an important safety mechanism.


We have some Nemo inspired towels that help warm up after the swim, but we have also encouraged them to be brave in the water like Merida (one of my favourite films incidentally).

The windsurfing and kayaking they tried when we were in Turkey this year was definitely worrying to them at times, but on more than one occasion I heard the kids tell each other to be brave, or act like a princess should, or be a pirate like on Peter Pan (Eve’s favourite).

I was so proud at how they took on each challenge whilst we were away and how much they loved the water.  You can take a look for yourself here:

Back at home we spend a lot of time quoting Mary Poppins. A classic that I never thought they’d love, but that they will happily sit through time and time again.  We tidy up like Mary, sing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the car and often head off to the beach to just fly a kite.


How do you inspire your family to be healthier and more active?  Do you do any of the things we do to get your kids out and about and live Healthily Ever After.  For more inspiration have a look at this video or on  Disney’s Be Inspired Site.

This post is part of Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter campaign with BritMums, sponsored by Disney. Share your stories and be inspired at and live Heathily Ever After (#HealthilyEverAfter).

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

Mini Travellers is for parents looking for holiday ideas, destination reviews, days out and things to do with the kids. We also have family travel tips, activity ideas and all other things family holiday related. Take a look at some of our latest reviews for holidays and day trips in the UK.


  1. barjerow
    January 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    What amazingly brave and very active girls, and such a lot of wonderful opportunities. X

  2. January 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    What a clever way to encourage little ones to do things, my toddler is Disney crazy and I think I will have to steal a few of these examples to try and use on her xx
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  3. January 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    What a brilliant idea! And brave are your girls?!?! Certainly like Mireda!
    We love Tangled and Toy Story in this house so I’ll have to think of something clever to do with them 🙂

  4. January 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    This is such a lovely post. Your girls are definitely brave like Merida. Little Miss H adores Disney films so I definitely think I need to encourage her more using these role models. Thank you for linking such an inspiring post to #SundayStars. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  5. January 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    This is such a great idea for a post and a way to think about we keep our families heathy. It’s a constant battle about food in my household but my little boy doesn’t stop moving..and he has started helping me clean up 🙂 #sundaystars
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  6. January 18, 2016 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    You know how much I love Disney, and always had the soundtrack on as the boys grew up, in fact I still get away with it now. The characters are so inspirational the boys would strive to be strong like Tarzan, and swim like Nemo. And as for Mary Poppins I am going to see it in a few weeks arghhh so excited xx
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  7. January 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    What great adventures you have introduced your children to at an early age and great that Disney inspires them too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.
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  8. Steph
    January 22, 2016 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Bloody hell, Lily was like a rocket on that blue run!!! That is soooooo impressive! What a little superstar!! And using the disney characters to help ‘persuade’ the kids into various activities is just genius!! Totally stealing that idea!!! Fab post. You’re all going to just have the best time ever on that holiday too. Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars lovely. Steph xxx

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