I don’t know about you, but we’ve been loving the Olympics. Sure the build up wasn’t overly positive, on the contrary, and the drama in the pool offers some interesting social media content but the power of sport has overcome all of that.
From cheering our girls 4x100m relay team to becoming gurus at clay shooting, the Olympics has us following every sport that our green and gold is in. It has us on the edge of our seats, talking about athletes as if we’ve been friends our whole lives, calling them by their first name and riding every bump with them as if they were an old Fiat.
Sport, in essence, is all about everyday people, loving what they do and working incredibly hard for their dreams. And for us, back home, it’s about finding something, someone we connect with, someone we can support and cheer home.
When we’re lucky we get to share in a our own way their success and other times we applaud their effort, their passion, their heart.
As Aussies, we love when we win but we love a little bit more when our boys and girls, men and women, give their absolute best. Even if they don’t win.
So this whole event has us thinking about our kids and with such an inclusive, emotional and passionate event in our lives, we have some ideas for conversations with your kids.
The Olympics provide a great opportunity to connect with kids on topics like doing something you love and following your passion, rewards vs. self-satisfaction, goal planning, and role models.
At Fit-Kicks we are huge on communication ( and I’ll be honest we’ve found it a tricky step in our growth, but we’re continuously working on it!) and not just ‘talking’ but communicating, expressing our opinions, our views, our thoughts.
In our coaching we have found that the more we ask our kids about emotions and thoughts the more their inner confidence, their self worth and stature grows.
So, if you’re home watching the Olympics with your kids here’s some questions that might get you started on being further inspired and amazed by your children.
- How do you think people find something to be passionate about?
- What do you love to do?
- What’s more important to you, being recognized for doing well or the feeling you get when you do your best?
- What do you wish you could do and how do you think you can make that happen?
- Do you look up to the athletes? Why?
- When you grow up do you want to be a role model for kids? What does that mean to you?
- Is there a sport or activity that you have discovered that you’d like to try?
We’d love you to share your experiences with us. Are your children inspired, impressed, or indifferent? What are their favourite events? Do the Games spur them on to try harder or try something new? Did they have any reactions that surprised you? Please share any thoughts, pictures, or videos with us in the comments section below on facebook or instagram.