One of the greatest joys of having children is watching them experience the world for the first time. Seeing their eyes widen as they gaze upon their first skyscraper, giraffe or parade can be an enlightening and humbling experience.
These moments are also when you, as a parent, get to teach your child about the many cool and interesting aspects of the world.
With the Olympics happening, you now have the opportunity to teach your children not only about sportsmanship and determination, but also about the world and all of its diversity.
Try focusing on these subjects as your children watch the Olympics. They’re important lessons for really any age, so why not give your kids a head start?
Seeing the world as a whole
The Olympics is cool in that it’s one of those unique occasions where you get to see people from all over globe in one place. It’s like a display of all the varying cultures, languages and customs that exist outside your own country.
Here you can not only teach your kids where all the countries are geographically, but you can also show them that there’s a whole world out there to explore, filled with different people and different places.
This will help develop an acceptance of the other and a broader outlook in life. Who knows, it might peek an interest to learn a new language.
Learning about good sportsmanship goes beyond just playing sports.
It shows you how to deal with problems with grace and with dignity, a lesson that will help your children develop the skills to accept failure and defeat.
Understanding that failure is only part of success is an important tip in life, and the Olympics is a perfect example of that.
Understanding the dynamics of sports
Yes, you can teach your kids about the rules, regulations and different policies surrounding each sport, but by far the most valuable lesson is teaching your kids the importance of teamwork, determination and perseverance.
These kinds of lessons are transferrable and can be applied in other areas of their life. Because success in sports is so heavily dependent on the athletes ability to effectively train, sports teaches the importance of hard work and consistency.
Learning from a young age that hard work and determination equals success can do wonders whenever they feel stuck on tasks and projects.
In a way, learning this is like a precursor to understanding and coping with experiences later in life. Things like developing a good work ethic and staying motivated.