The Commonwealth Games provide your children with much more than just a multitude of sporting events. There is much to learn and experience while watching the games – character lessons to learn, exposure to different sports and their rules, learning about other cultures, identifying with the athletes, and experiencing the history of their country while expressing positive patriotic feelings.
#1 They Will Learn Character Lessons
Competitors in the Commonwealth Games spend years developing their skills in their chosen sport. They embody persistence, goal setting, and self-discipline. Commonwealth participants can teach your children the importance of perseverance. Whether it is a sport, academic success, or their future chosen career, achievement comes through repeated effort, an important lesson for our children to learn.
Additionally, your children can learn good sportsmanship. Achievement doesn’t necessarily mean winning. Just getting to participate in the Commonwealth Games satisfies the goal of most participants. Not everyone can win, and with every loss, our children have an opportunity to see good sportsmanship in action.
#2 They Will Positively Identify with the Competitors
The games are full of human-interest stories – the challenges some athletes face, their family background, and the sacrifices made by the athletes and their families in the pursuit of success. There are great lessons to be learned in the background stories of the participants. These are individuals who will serve as excellent heros and role models for our children.
#3 They Will Learn About Different Sports and Their Rules
The games in 2014 consist of 18 different sports including hockey, swimming, wrestling, and gymnastics. There is a tremendous variety of sports, each requiring differing skills and rules. For many children, this will be the first exposure they have to some of these sports.
Every successful endeavor has a set of rules or guidelines, which must be followed. This is true not only in sports, but in most areas of our lives – at school, in our careers, and in our families. The exposure to the rules of the games and the consequences of rule violation are excellent lessons for children.
#4 They Will Learn About Other Cultures
Cultures as different as Ireland, Jamaica, and the African nations of Kenya and Malawi all gather to participate in the Commonwealth Games. This year Scotland has served as the host with almost 5,000 athletes from 71 different nations and territories competing. It is the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland. Your children will have the opportunity to be exposed to all of these cultures, both through the athletes and their families. The Commonwealth Games environment breeds cooperation and collaboration, excellent lessons for our children whose adult lives will be multi-cultural.
#5 They Can Understand the History of the Games and Show Patriotism
The Commonwealth Games were first held in 1930 and have taken place every four years since, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when they were cancelled because of World War II. They are the third largest multi-sport event in the world; the Olympic Games are first, followed by the Asian games. As such, they are part of British history. Each year has old records broken and new ones set. Your children are viewing what will become part of their county’s history.
It is good for your children to support the athletes from their own country. They have an opportunity to view the positive application of patriotic feelings. They see the flags, hear the cheers, suffer the agony of defeat, and the joy of winning. They also observe the adults expressing their patriotism in positive ways.
There are many benefits to having your children watch the Commonwealth Games. You can use the games as an opportunity to view excellent entertainment while your children learn many lasting life lessons.