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.