Summer 2012 Olympics Inspire Young Athletes
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I got the gold!” blurted my 7-year-old after finishing his broccoli before everyone else at the table. “I got the silver!” shouted my 5-year-old. Both boys then encouraged their little sister to hurry up and finish her vegetables before Mommy and Daddy so she could win the bronze medal.
This ritual has taken place at my house since my kids watched the 2010 Winter Olympics on TV. We don’t give out actual medals, but they really like the distinction of being the winner. (Personally, I like the fact that they’re excited to eat their vegetables.)
In addition to being family-friendly television–and inspiration for a fun and healthy dinnertime game–the Olympics can provide excitement, education and entertainment for the whole family. Prepare to learn a thing or two yourself as you and your children uncover fun facts, adopt healthy habits, and learn valuable life lessons.
The Olympics cultivate cultural curiosity in children -->