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The Olympics with kids

Watching the Olympics with your children is really very special.

The M’s are now 8, 6 and 5 and old enough to understand the basic concept of the Olympics. Their school has been teaching them about Rio, Adam and I teach them about participation and from each other they learn about the savagery of competition.

The first gold medal for Australia was Mack Horton, and he probably heard our screams in Rio from our lounge room. We were all prepped, pumped and ready for the start, going through each competitor lane by lane. Channel 7 showed some highlights of Mack and we all agreed that he looked like a young and spunky (ok, the spunky bit was my contribution) Clark Kent. Without his glasses that made him Superman so we were ready…

You could feel the shivers of anticipation from the kids and then the race started… it was the most impassioned cheer squad ever with us all hollering

“GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
WOOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
COOOOOOMMMMMMEOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! OOOOOOOHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMYYYYYGOOOOOOODNESSSSSSS! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!! AUUUUSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE
OIEOIEOIE!YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES HE’S GOT IT HE’S GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO, WE FORGOT THE GREEN AND GOLD POM POMS!!!!”

And he won by an Australian fingertip. Oh my Goodness, I haven’t heard the kids scream in such a crazy way for anything. Adam was standing, I nearly fell off the couch and the breathless giggles from the kids is something I’ll never forget

When Mack – we don’t even need to say his surname now he won the first Gold – stood up on the podium to receive his medal we were ready for the national anthem. Memphis nearly had a heart attack at the start as she couldn’t believe the Australian Anthem is the same as her school song (I’m grateful she’s gorgeous!) We all belt out the song and feel ridiculously proud and emotional to be Australian. Exhausted, we get ready to watch the next race.

It’s an emotional tsunami as a parent to witness your kids watching the Olympics. To look at the Olympics through their eyes has made the event even more special; I believe they’re learning inspiration and joy simply from watching the world come together to celebrate. They’re seeing the beauty in people from all nations, they learn that hard work and commitment is rewarded, that not everyone can win but if you give it your absolute damn best it’s amazing – and most importantly – they learn the best thing a kid can learn; and that’s pride. Pride in yourself and pride in your country.

And as a parent, I’m as proud as proud can be.

1 thought on “The Olympics with kids

  1. It’s great when you see your kids have pride in their own achievements, but when they have that same zeal for someone else’s achievements you know you’re doing something right. Well done guys. Cheer on!

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