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Fathers have an impact on kids’ well-being

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fathers-day-kidspeaceBy Denise Morganthall


With Father’s Day approaching it is a great time to brag about our dads.


Researchers have found that the effects of a father’s love on the development of a child are often understudied and underestimated. Many experts now believe that fathers can be just as nurturing and sensitive with their babies as mothers. It has been found that a child without a father’s presence is at a greater risk for behavior problems, depression, delinquency and substance abuse. The love of a father plays a more significant role than that of the mother (don’t tell mom). It has been argued whether a dual-parent household produces better offspring than a single-parent household, but new studies are focusing on fatherhood as a “cornerstone” of child development.


The importance of having a father in a child’s life should never force a mother to include a father who is not healthy for the child, however. Children need fathers to love them, take interest in them, set boundaries and put the children’s needs first. A father figure also may be a non-traditional father, such as an uncle or grandfather.


Father figures can have a lasting impact on children. As our society continues to become more dangerous, a father’s role is even more important. The presence of a father’s love may help boost a child’s sense of well-being and improve emotional and physical health. The father also helps the mother succeed in raising a well-adjusted child, in turn making the mother a happier and more effective parent too. Let’s all wish our dads a “Happy Father’s Day” as we remember what an important role our fathers have in raising happy, healthy children into happy, healthy adults!

Workplace bullying negatively affects employees, businesses

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workplaec-bullying-kidspeaceBy Denise Morganthall


Workplace bullying, which can have a negative impact on individuals and companies, is unfortunately common. Workplace bullying is when one person or a group of people in a workplace singles out another person in an unreasonable, embarrassing or intimidating way. Usually a bully is a person in a position of authority who feels threatened by the victim, but in some cases the bully is a co-worker who is insecure or immature. Workplace bullying can involve shouting or swearing at an employee, practical jokes, inappropriate remarks or actions that embarrass the employee or one employee being singled out for unjustified blame or criticism.


According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, up to one third of workers may be victims of workplace bullying. About 20 percent of workplace bullying turns into harassment. The New York Times found that 60 percent of workplace bullies are men who tend to bully both male and female employees. Studies show that females have been more likely to bully other females. This may be because there is more pressure on females trying to succeed in male-dominated workplace roles or competition for promotions.


The stress of workplace bullying can lead to absenteeism, low productivity, lowered self-esteem, high blood pressure, PTSD and trouble with relationships outside of work. Workplace bullying is bad for business as well, resulting in high turnover, lost innovations and difficulty hiring quality employees as word spreads that the company has a hostile work environment. Employees who are or have been victims of workplace bullying should realize it is not their fault and seek help.

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