Certainly want to wish all the DADS out there a great FATHER’S DAY!  Hope it will be another memory making event with your family!  Remembering also all the Dads who have touched our lives and helped shape who we are today.

The Stanley Cup Finals are still in play, check my Blog to see predictions of the final winning team!  The Los Angeles Kings are in the lead.  Who knows where it will go from here?

P.S.  It’s been a long time since I hugged and kissed my father on Father’s Day.  We lost him in 2003, but he’s not forgotten.  Just thought I would share a few pictures of him and I.

Father’s Day

fathers-dayMany studies have shown and many would agree that ‘involved fathers’ are more likely to have children who are emotionally secure, confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers.  Children with involved fathers tend to get into less trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood. Infants who receive high levels of affection from their fathers (e.g., babies whose fathers respond quickly to their cries and who play together) are more securely attached; that is, they can explore their environment comfortably when a parent is nearby and can readily accept comfort from their parent after a brief separation. A number of studies suggest they also are more sociable and popular with other children throughout early childhood.

fathers-day2The way fathers play with their children also has an important impact on a child’s emotional and social development. Fathers spend a much higher percentage of their one-on-one interaction with infants and preschoolers in stimulating, playful activity than do mothers. From these interactions, children learn how to regulate their feelings and behavior. Rough-housing with dad, for example, can teach children how to deal with aggressive impulses and physical contact without losing control of their emotions.  Generally speaking, fathers also tend to promote independence and an orientation to the outside world. Fathers often push achievement while mothers stress nurturing, both of which are important to healthy development. As a result, children who grow up with involved fathers are more likely to exhibit self-control and pro-social behaviour.

In short, fathers have a powerful and positive impact upon the development and health of children. When you think how important the role of a father is to your child(ren), it is no wonder we honour it!  Enjoy your day of celebration!

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