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Monday
Aug062012

Teachable Moments: Olympics 2012

Although, as a pediatrician, I am usually encouraging my patients to turn their televisions off, there are certainly times when watching TV programming, especially together as a family, can be very worthwhile. 

Hopefully, many of you, too, have been watching the Olympics with your families.  If not, check out the dozens of Olympic highlight videos archived on NBC.com. There are some wonderful lessons to be learned from watching these dedicated athletes compete in London this summer.  As you watch the competition, there are a few topics for discussions with your kids:

Diversity:  One of my favorite parts of the Olympics, is watching the pomp and circumstance of the Opening Ceramonies Parade of Nations.  This year there were 205 countries who were represented.  Encourage your children to identify countries they are not familiar with and challenge them to share with you something new they learn about these places (perhaps, showing them how to search for creadible information online).

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