Are You Watching the Sochi Olympics With Your Kids?
Think your kids won't be interested in the Olympics?
Think again --They might surprise you.
I have many fond memories of watching the Olympics with my stepdaughters (who are now in college) as they were growing up. The Games have long been a Ferrier family tradition, and now that our little ones are six and nine years old, we're hoping the Sochi Olympics grab their attention, too.
I started things off by watching P&G's Raising an Olympian on NBC last week with my entire family. If you missed the show, don't worry- You can see all of the Olympians' stories on P&G's YouTube site. My children loved watching how athletes like Lindsey Vonn, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Ted Ligety got their starts -- and I loved that my kids got to see how hard these athletes worked to get where they are today, as well as how that hard work is paying off.
Fast forward to the Games themselves- We've been watching at least a portion of the Olympics every night, and the kids are glued to the screen. My nine year old in particular is fixated on the high emotional drama that each Olympics event offers. She has watched the thrill of victory as figure skaters have completed near-perfect programs... and she's seen the agony of defeat as snowboarders have come crashing to the ground after botching a jump.
Basically, she's hooked, and I couldn't be happier.
My six year old, on the other hand, loves what I call his 'he-time' the most. For him, the Olympics mean popcorn in the den (something that's usually forbidden), a fire in the fireplace, snuggling with Mommy and Daddy, and loudly chanting USA! USA! USA! every time an American athlete comes on the screen until my daughter shushes all of us. He's got a lot of questions (often TOO many questions) about what's happening on the TV screen, so I know he's processing the Games in his own way.
I'm so glad we're using the Sochi Olympics as an opportunity for family time, and if you haven't been watching the Olympics yet with your kids, it's not too late to start! Show your children the P&G videos of the athletes before they watch them compete, and I'm betting they'll become just as interested in the competitions as my children have been.
Are you watching the Sochi Olympics with your children? What do you hope they'll gain from watching the Games?
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