Tag Archive | Olympics

A Parent’s Guide to Sports Camp

By Heather from RookieMoms.com

Zamzee gets ready for sports camp

The Olympics have been going full-swing for a week now. And as I’m watching these amazing athletes, I’m just wondering: what’s it like being the parent of an Olympian? How do they coordinate things like carpool and equipment for sports practice – for years and years and years?

I’ve signed my son up for sports camp this year in hopes that he’ll burn off tons of energy each day and come home with that good, tired feeling. If he develops proficiency (or even excellence!) in a sport that becomes a long-term passion for him, well that’s a bonus. This is the second year I’ve enrolled him in this particular program which includes eight sports in a single day (!), and here’s what I’ve learned. Whether you’re sending your child off for a day of soccer, gymnastics, tennis or all three, here are some things to remember:

  1. Water. Every morning, I fill a sports bottle for Holden. He gets frequent water breaks but the line at the water fountain is long– too long, he reports, to adequately hydrate. For the car trip home, I sometimes bring a spray mist bottle if it’s been a very hot day. I can spritz him right in the face.  (Quirky tip: I recently learned that my son prefers drinking from a SQUIRT GUN. Would that work for your kid?) Continue reading
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5 Olympic Cheers for Little Sports Fanatics

By Whitney from RookieMoms.com

Olympic Torch Relay - Eastbourne

Photo courtesy of Vicburton’s Flickr stream (http://ow.ly/cx0i0)

As my 7-year old son has developed the skill to watch televised sporting events and follow the mechanics of the game play, it has amused me to no end to see him leap off the couch and yell, “KICK A FIELD GOAL!” or “3-POINTER!” Are some kids just born with the scream-at-the-television gene?

When my husband gave him the side of a cardboard box to make a sign for our Super Bowl party, he drew a huge D, followed by a plus sign and an odd line drawing that we eventually determined was a fence; it was a cartoon representation of D+FENCE. Pretty smart for a first grader, if I do say so myself.

We’re caught up in the Olympic spirit and planning to cheer on Team USA for the next few weeks. I thought it would be fun to teach my son some cheers or chants that go with various sports.  Here are a few I collected from the Internet, but I’d love it if you add your favorites in the comments. Continue reading

Going the Extra 400 Meters

With the Olympics coming up this summer, there’s a lot of buzz about the superstar athletes representing Team USA in London. It’s this time of year that kids decide they want to grow up to become the next Ryan Lochte or Hope Solo, and we love how that gets kids motivated to get moving.

But for most kids and families, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the lives of Olympic athletes and our own efforts to get physically active. The world of an Olympic gymnast who trains eight hours a day is pretty removed from everyday efforts to encourage our kids to actively participate in gym class (if it’s offered) or play outside (if it’s safe and the weather cooperates).

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a little motivation that seems closer to home. Here’s a story that’s inspired us: Continue reading