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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: July 11, 2012

Do you watch the Olympics with your kids? In my house, it's a tradition. We get the globe out and try to find the places where the athletes come from. We root for the home team and sometimes the underdog. (Remember the Jamaican bobsled team who made their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games?)

When my kids were younger, the fun would spill into the backyard with Bendos action figures who would ski down the slide or race across the yard. There were even award ceremonies for these little people.

This summer, we have the opportunity to watch more than more than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries compete in the Olympics in London. Their stories of triumph over hardship, and their determination and teamwork are the kind of reality that has the power to inspire young minds to do good. It's a big step up from the divisive reality TV that's so prevalent today. Gain more ideas for to bring home the summer Olympics excitement here.


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