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    This winter, my family and I have been enjoying watching the Olympic Games at Sochi.  It has been very exciting to see my two boys observing the competition and supporting their favorite athletes.  These moments have opened the door to initiate important conversations with them about such topics as inspiration, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

    Since both of our sons play basketball and other sports competitively, we are aware of the positive lessons that children learn through participating in organized sports.  Additionally, we appreciate the positive impact that playing sports has on their self-esteem and confidence.

Here are some of the conversation starters that my husband and I used to elicit family discussions with our boys while watching the olympic action:

  • What are some of the character traits that olympic athletes have in order to make them winners?
  • Why do you think showing good sportsmanship even when you don’t win is so important?
  • What does it mean to persevere and to never give up?
  • How much preparation do you think went into getting the host country ready to host the Winter Olympics?
  • Where do you think the next Winter Olympics in four years should be held and why?

    The best part is that Netflix has a list of movie titles to help you teach those important olympic lessons all year long!  These titles will encourage conversations around inspiration and teamwork which are some of the key components to any child’s long term success.

Here are some titles for you you to stream right in the comfort of your own home:


1. The Short Game
2. The Kid
3. The Pistol
4. A Mile in His Shoes
5. Winning Favor
6. The Mighty Macs
7. Like Mike 2: Streetball
8. Air Bud: World Pup
9. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch
10. Air Bud Spikes Back



1. Super WHY!: The Tortoise and the Hare
2. Curious George: George Gets a Trophy
3. Bob the Builder: The Bobblesberg Winter Games
4. Angelina Ballerina: In the Wings
5. Caillou: Caillou Gets Active

    My family and I really enjoyed watching these Netflix titles.  The excitement doesn’t have to end with the closing ceremonies.  Thanks to Netflix, we can teach our children to “Go for the gold” all year long!

Let’s Discuss:  What do you think sports teach kids about determination and sportsmanship?

Disclosure:  This post is part of a blogging campaign in collaboration with Netflix.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team,  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    I haven’t been watching the Olympics. I just can’t seem to get into them this year.

  2. I haven’t watched much of the Olympics either. My kid does run track and I have been talking with her about being a good sport.

  3. We haven’t sprung for Netflix yet, but the kids are starting to ask for it. I see it in our near future.

  4. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    I haven’t seen any of those titles but I like the message. I’ll have to add a few to my Netflix list. Thanks!

  5. Caillou!! I love Caillou but my kids have outgrown it. 😉 My son’s a soccer guy, I bet he’d like that Air Bud movie, I think we’ll give it a go. Netflix rocks for price and selection. I’ve seen it at my son’s house…he and his wife love it!!

  6. My boys are both in karate & that is their only “sport”. I like it because it builds their confidence and teaches them perseverance & determination. They need to show that they have a black belt attitude at home, too, otherwise us parents are supposed to tell the sensai and he’ll address it with the kids.

  7. My kids all like different kinds of sports but i think it is good for them to learn teamwork and being a good sport its not just the winning that counts but the taking part.

  8. If you approach it in the right manner, children can learn a lot from participating in sports. It’s sad that so many parents are focused on winning and being the best.

  9. Anita Breeze says

    I think getting involved in sports is a great idea because its team building. None of my 4 kids liked sports that much, however they were all involved in music and being in school bands, so I think the same things apply. They still had to learn to play as part of a team. Anita Breeze

  10. Aww my niece loves Curious George! She loved watching the Olympic Games this year too!

  11. From an early age, I have encouraged my kids to join organized sports teams. I think it teaches them teamwork, discipline, and punctuality. All very good traits to have going into adulthood.

  12. Lawna Young says

    I have three sons and they all really enjoy playing sports. I think it teaches them many great values including sportsmanship, determinations, ect.

  13. Jennifer Williams says

    We have been traveling and have missed a lot of the Olympics. We are also missing our Netflix streaming and can not wait to get to our new home so we can get our Roku box set back up.

  14. I love your question prompts for your kids during the olympics. Great teaching moment.

  15. I missed alot of the olympics but Im ok with that. I love Netflix though and my kids should be more involved in sports then they are. : (

  16. Oh, I think my older son would love the Streetball movie, he’s a huge basketball fan. I watched some of the Olympics, but not as much as I normally do.

  17. The movies choices are really good! Will have to pick one to watch with my son tonight. I really need to get my son into competitive sports because he doesn’t know how to play well with others (it’s the only child in him! lol)

  18. My kids were never into team sports, because they get injured so easily, but they learned many great lessons from their time doing karate.

  19. JadeLouise Designs says

    My daughter is actually streaming Super Why on Netflix at this very moment. I love the educational cartoons they have.

  20. my kids watch air bud on netflix all the time, these are some great titles will make sure to check them out

  21. I wasn’t a huge sporty kid but you would quite often find me in a pool I loved swimming 🙂 x

  22. Lean Lacaba says

    Kids should get all the support they need when they venture into a sport. Great movie list!

  23. These are great suggestions! I’m a huge fan of Netflix – they offer more and more all the time!

  24. Both of my sons played sports from the time they were in grade school. They have great memories for playing and they went on to play high school and college level sports. I think they learned not only teamwork but how to commit to something.

  25. Veronica Solomon says

    It’s great to teach kids to be a bit competitive but still nurturing good sportsmanship. My daughter played basket ball and I am proud of well she played and was a great team player

  26. Although many people do not like Caillou, I love him. He’s conscientious, his parents are there, lessons are taught. Wheras shows like spongebob tells lies and people are always fighting and being rude.

  27. Amanda Smith says

    We love Netflix kids. I love that I don’t have to worry about what my son is watching because I know everything on there is appropriate!

  28. It’s a terrific thing that Netflix is doing. Anything that encourages kids to stay motivated is great.

  29. What a great thing. I love Netflix. I think it is so important to teach kids sportsmanship. Way too many adults these days with bad attitudes. 🙂

  30. Chef John & Anne says

    Those are great conversation starters … parents really need to ask kids more questions like that and teach them to be critical thinkers!!

  31. Sports teach children to respect themselves and each other. There has to be discipline and it’s so important. My children will for sure play sports, its just a matter of what sport they want to play.

  32. Meagan Bailiff says

    I know soccer has helped teach my daughter to work with her teammates and have a fun time, while also working toward a goal.

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