Ex­pert Ad­vice

Parents Canada - - Up Front -

Sarah Leckie, Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams at Can­lan Ice Sports Corp, weighs in: Part of a child’s ath­letic de­vel­op­ment is the emo­tional en­gage­ment that par­ents pro­vide them. How we in­ter­act and en­gage, pos­i­tively or neg­a­tively af­fects a child’s love for the sport. Put down your phone for an hour and wit­ness your child’s vic­to­ries, big or small. Think hon­estly about how your en­gage­ment im­pacts your child’s feel­ings and mo­ti­va­tion. They look to you for sup­port and praise.

Sure, a dis­trac­tion might be nec­es­sary if it helps an overzeal­ous par­ent re­frain from over-heat­ing, get­ting an­gry or caus­ing an em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion – a lit­tle phone break can help in some cases. But above all, show your kids that you’re ex­cited to be there.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.