Everyone is mesmerized by the Olympics right now, I know my family is. But last night for the first time, I heard my 15 year old son complain about how much he hates the Olympics.
What?!! Who hates the Olympics?!!
"It's because I can never go to bed-- I want to stay up all night watching them!" (He's right. We are all sleep deprived!)
But that is the beauty of Olympics: they pull us in with the athletes' remarkable stories, physical prowess, victories and defeats. It's an emotional roller coaster that is much more inspiring than any tv drama.
And THAT, my friends is the secret to great teaching. Remember: You are your child's first teacher, no matter your family's educational situation. We and our children become passionate about something (anything!) when we have a relationship with it, when we get emotional about it. The Olympics offers us the perfect venue to teach our children casually in our living rooms about character, life challenges, emotional intelligence, science, politics, anatomy, biology, geography, weather, and any other number of subjects.
It doesn't have to be formal. It doesn't have to be long. In fact, it's probably best when it's not! You don't even have to know anything about the subject you want to talk about- you just need to be excited and have access to Google. :)
Here are some super simple ways to do this:
No matter what we choose to talk or learn about, when we take time to watch the Olympics with our families, and talk about what we see, connection increases and everyone becomes a winner. (Sorry, that was super cheesy . . . but I couldn't resist! )
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