Missing a child's game and picking up the phone to say,"I just wanted to give you a quick call to say I miss you/love you is not the same.

Most parents who miss a game will either call or contact their loved one with some type of supportive message unless you are an absolute monster.

Like Greg said with cell phones, PDA, emails, etc who doesn't have seconds. I mean you could do this as you are stuffing a bagel down your throat. I mean there is always time to do what you want to do..it's called sacrifice.