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There are less than 100 days until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It’s hard to believe that two years have already passed since the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. I have never even heard of Sochi until now.
Do you plan on watching the Olympics? Do you have a favorite sport you enjoy watching? Is there a particular athlete you’ll be anxious to see in the upcoming Olympics?
I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to have a child competing in the Olympics. I’m overjoyed and proud of my kids when they bring home a good grade, let alone become a world class athlete. That much be an incredible feeling.
What does it take to raise an Olympic hopeful?
Procter & Gamble (P&G) is a Worldwide Olympic Partner. They are highlighting what it takes to raise an Olympian with a new series of films called Raising An Olympian. These films celebrate the journeys of the athletes and their moms and their journey to the Olympics.
Several world-class U.S. athletes, including their mothers, have joined its global family of athletes & moms. Athletes like Lindsey Vonn, Evan Lysacek, Julie Chu and Taylor Lipsett are amoung them. These athletes are supported by P&G brands such as Olay®, Cover Girl®, Pantene®, Crest® and Bounty®.
I think its wonderful that these moms get to join their children on their quest for the Olympic dream.
Starting in January (2014) you’ll start to see new packaging and advertising with P&G Olympic Games. I’m sure my kids will be looking for Olympic souvenirs of some sort. Maybe I’ll try and find them Olympic shirts or hoodies. I’m sure they will like something like that.
I mentioned earlier in the post about the Raising An Olympian films. There will be 28 films globally and 10 U.S. films.
Each of the films help bring to life the daily lessons that all moms teach their kids (not just future Olympians) from their first steps to their first failures. The films focus on the unconditional love that moms give to their children, no matter what. Olympic Winter hopefuls Lindsey Vonn, Evan Lysacek, Julie Chu and Taylor Lipsett each have their own film. You can check out their films at RaisingAnOlympianFilms.com.
The first four films feature;
- Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer) and mom Lindy Lund
- Evan Lysacek (Figure Skater) and mom Tanya Lysacek
- Julie Chu (Ice Hockey) and mom Miriam Chu
- Taylor Lipsett (Sled Hockey) and mom Cheryl Lipsett
Here is one of the films that features Olympic hopeful Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer) and her mom Lindy Lund. To see the other three films please visit the YouTube channel listed above.
As a mom I do give my children 100% unconditional love. My kids have no interest in sports. If they did I would support them.
We have friends whose children are very active in sports. I know how much work it is for their parents to get them to all the games, even away games. Not to mention dropping them off and picking them up from practices and paying a lot of money for supplies and equipment. Parents have to be as dedicated to the sports as their child is. If either of my children had interest in sports I would do all I could to support them.
Of course you don’t have to have a future Olympian on your hands in order to support their hopes and dreams.
Take for example our daughter, who has wanted to attend FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) since she was six years old. She’s always been into fashion and she’s good at art. She wants to be a fashion designer. Although I know that is a “dog eat dog” type career, I don’t want to discourage her from reaching for her dream. You never know. She could be the next Vera Wang or Carolina Herrera. Over the years we have given her a sewing machine and fabrics (to create designs for her dolls), fashion books. subscribed to fashion magazines, even talking about taking her on a trip to the Fashion District in NYC and maybe one day attending NY Fashion Week.
Now that our daughter is older she is now leaning towards maybe being a teacher or going into psychology. Whatever she decides she wants to do we’ll be there to support her 100%.
We have always encouraged our children to “reach for the stars” and encouraged them to be themselves – never a follower.
Being a parent can be hard in this day and age. There are so many things that can undermine or take away from what we teach our children.
I commend all the wonderful moms (and dads) who helped their daughters and sons make it to the Olympics.
As a parent, how do you help encourage and support your child’s hopes and dreams? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.