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Olympic Dreaming: 4 Reasons To Watch With Your Kids

3. Learn New Sports

There are so many varieties of sports to choose from. Kids may get inspired to try one when exposed to the various kinds during the Olympics. Years ago, my family visited Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics. My daughter, who was a little figure skater at the time the picture above was taken, wanted to try as many Olympic sports as possible. Here she is cruising the luge run.

Here’s a list of some of the 2012 Summer Olympic sports:

Beach Volleyball
Synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis
Water Polo

4. Learn About Attitudes and Goal Setting

A can-do attitude is infectious and it’s great for building self-esteem. Listening to the stories of the athletes with their tales about the personal hurdles and shortcomings they went through to get to their given Olympic sport, allows kids to see that we all may not be born jumping out of a ski gate, but with perseverance and a can-do attitude, some reach their goal. Check out the stories of the US Olympic team.

5. Learn History

Sharing the history of the Olympics with kids is both educational and inspiring.

Make Olympic Crafts

Kids will enjoy all of the excitement of the games with this round-up of Olympic crafts.

One more reason to watch the Olympics with your kids:

One day your kid will grow up and have dreams of her own. Here’s me taking my Olympic ski run down Whistler Ski Resort a few years ago:

Who knows, maybe your child will reach her/his Olympic dreams. Will you be watching the Olympics?

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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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