Olympic fever has gripped the world. This is a great time to expose your children to a host of sports, cultures and help them learn the hardships involved in competing and winning.
1.Experience competition- The games provide an opportunity into take a peek into the lives of competitive athletes, totally different from the lives most children lead. The tremendous effort that goes in, not only by the athlete, but the countless sacrifices of their parents and siblings are great lessons in themselves about the true nature of competition involving struggle, loss with only a few winners.
2.Lessons in character building- Olympic competitors are not gifted with greatness, but hone their skills with hard work, perseverance and determination. The human stories which surround the games, like those of Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu battling all odds to make the country proud will inspire generations.
3.Never give up- One of the common traits across all Olympic athletes is their never say die attitude. Just being able to qualify requires consistent effort, day in and day out, practicing the same monotonous routine over and over again to achieve perfection.
4.Achievement lies in participation– The winner doesn’t take it all. There are only three winning spots but that does not make everyone else a looser. True achievement lies in the display of sportsmanship and being able to treat victory and failure without being either too proud or too dejected. Winning and losing are all part of the game of life and if you keep at your goals you are bound to succeed sooner or later. Like when PV Sindhu went and picked up Carolina’s Marin’s raquet, demonstrating respect for both her opponent and the sport.