It Takes A Village… to raise a child. So, I’m asking bloggers, and in this case friends, from my village to each write a message for me to pass on to my girls. If you’d like to write one, let me know.

This week’s letter has a sporty theme. It is from the delightful Domestic Goddesque talking all things Olympics.

Dear Girls,
You have a very clever mummy. I’d definitely be working on your lie-to-mum faces if I were you, because she is clearly going to be tough to dupe! She is clever because she realises that children almost, OK, never listen to their parents when it really counts, and so she has asked other people to offer you advice on life in the hope that you will take some of it on board.
 
As mother to girls myself, I have the same fears for them that your Mum has for you. And I have to hope that the amazing Godparents and friends that I have will be able to give them some of the advice that bloggers have given you. See, told you she was smart.
 
So, given that 2012 is the summer of London, and that I live in London (just about) I thought I would share with you the lessons in life that can be learned from the Olympics and Paralympics


Dream big.
There isn’t a person competing that hasn’t dreamed big just by getting there, but Oscar Pistorius realised an astonishing dream when he became the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics against able-bodied athletes.
   

It’s OK to cry. Sometimes you just have to. So give in, have a moment, then gather yourself up and get back in the game. Even the legendary USA women’s Beach Volleyball team cried on their way to their third successive Gold medal.

Never give up. Andy Murray lost his first ever Wimbledon just a couple of weeks before the London Games and was clearly very upset about it. Yet a couple of weeks later, in the same venue, against the same opponent, he won Gold.


Give credit to your team.No-one gets to the Olympics on their own. There is a team of coaches, physiotherapists, family and supporters behind every one of them. Michael Phelps gave his winning flowers to his mum in tribute to her support. Don’t forget to thank your team.

Be a good sportsman.There is no excuse for the petulant sulky behaviour of the American Women’s Gymnastics team.


Run your own race. Don’t get distracted by what others are doing. Focus on what you know, trust the training and the team behind you and go out there and kick ass. Zametti won an unexpected Gold in Men’s Gymnastics by sticking to his game plan.


Nobody likes a cheat. The sport of Badminton got the spotlight for all the wrong reasons in the Olympics when it was discovered that they were deliberately losing matches to get an easier round later on. Bad form.


Be the change you want to see.Your success is a powerful tool. Jovtchev used his medal-winning status to change the face of Men’s Gymnastics in his native Bulgaria. Michael Phelps has a Foundation in his name that promotes swimming & healthy active lifestyles to young people across America.


Work hard. It’s rare that things fall into your lap. Every athlete who represents their country has sacrificed a social life and given their all to make it there on that day, because it is their dream. If you believe in it, put the work in. Give it all you’ve got.


Take part. Because life is not a spectator sport.


And Girls, have fun whilst you are doing it. It’ll be fun. Honest.

Big smooches,

Domestic Goddesque

Kelly is the face behind the vintage silhouette at Domestic Goddesque. She eats too much cookie dough to have a waist that small. She is a Thirty-something Mother, Blogger and Girl Friday, who married her beloved DH and endures daily battles-of-will with the dog she refers to as the Wonder Hound. She likes to avoid housework as much as possible, preferring to bake, craft and drink cocktails. Sorry, did I say cocktails? I mean coffee. And nap. She likes to nap too. When not blogging, you can find her haunting Facebook for interesting snippets of gossip, or throwing her wit around the twittersphere. (She may have made that last bit up too: she’s not that funny.)