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Olympic Dreaming: 4 Reasons To Watch With Your Kids

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Olympic Dreaming: 4 Reasons To Watch With Your Kids

It’s that time again – the Olympics are rapidly approaching. The London Olympic Games are expected to be viewed by more than 200 million people over the 17-day telecast.

Will you be watching? If so, there are number of ways you can both educate and inspire yourself and your children by watching the Olympics.

Why watch the Olympics with your kids?

The Olympics are about people who sacrifice their whole lives to compete and represent their country on the world stage. Not only does that make for some fine international drama, watching the Olympics with your kids allows the whole family to enjoy something together.

4 Reasons To Watch The Olympics With Your Kids

1. Learn About Teamwork and Sportsmanship

Watching a team sport is the perfect way to show kids that working hard for a common goal is good for the individual and for the team. While they may compete against each other, they still cheer for each other and for their country. Every now and then there are unfortunate examples of how players treat other teammates and competitors poorly. Either way, teamwork and sportsmanship are important lessons for kids to learn, and the Olympics set a wonderful stage for having conversations about this.

2. Find Out About Geography and Culture

The Olympics present opportunities to discuss geography, weather, transportation, food and cultures that are different from your own. Keeping a globe and map handy can highlight where competing countries are located. Here is a world map of the Olympic Cities. This interactive map lets you follow all the action from London.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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8:07PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for article.

8:06PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for article.

8:06PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for article.

8:05PM PST on Nov 20, 2013

Thank you for article.

3:47AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

A piece of evidence of civilisation

6:22AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:23PM PDT on Jul 11, 2010

This is a wonderful article, and I'm sorry I didn't find it sooner. I absolutely loved watching the Olympics this year. I learned quite a few things myself; about countries I never knew existed, new sports, and best of all, it made me want to visit Whistler again. I was there last summer and had a wonderful time. What a great way to share a unique experience with your kids; by watching the Olympics. Perhaps they will be inspired to become a future Olympic hopeful!

6:42AM PDT on May 9, 2010

All good points, especially the one about learning about geography and other cultures.

10:14PM PDT on May 8, 2010


11:23AM PST on Mar 1, 2010

i agree

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