by Elizabeth Wickham
When I was a kid, I watched Mark Spitz make history. My family watched the Olympics together, and the excitement we shared has stayed with me. As swim parents, we now have the privilege of sharing the Olympic experience with our kids.
Here are a few reasons why it’s important to watch the Olympics with your kids:
Perseverance, grit and hard work are on display. What a perfect way to show that hard work does pay off.
Dreams are achievable. Every athlete at the Olympics has a dream. No dream is too big, and we can tell our kids that it’s okay to aim high.
It’s not just the medalists who are winners—all the athletes are winners for making it there. Can you and your kids imagine how exciting it would be to make an Olympic team?
It’s about more than the individual, it’s about team and country. You’ll see national pride, the flags, the uniforms—and athletes competing for something larger than themselves.
People from around the world do get along. With all the awful news around the world, it’s refreshing to see 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries get together. Is anything more heartwarming than witnessing the first Refugee Olympic Team?
Overcoming adversity is a theme often expressed by athletes. The life stories we hear from individual athletes are as compelling as the races.
You get to watch humility and grace under pressure—examples of what good sportsmanship looks like.
In swimming, it’s a worldwide community and your swimmers are a part of it.
What other reasons do you have to watch the Olympics with your kids?
Elizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug. You can read more parenting tips on her blog.