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Kent and Julie have recently completed
CatholicCare Social Services' Bringing Baby
Home Program and another workshop will
be offered soon. To learn more, P Robyn
Donnelly, 4979 1370 or 0400 347 104 or
visit ww w.catholiccare.org.au. Couples can
use the government incentive relationship
vouchers towards the program.
Aurora invited Dad-to-be Kent Tallon
of Broadmeadow to reflect on looming
fatherhood. Kent and his wife, Julie Ross ,
will welcome their baby in November and
no doubt Father 's Day this year will have a
Q What do you look for ward to most
about being a Dad?
A What I look forward to most is being a
Dad ! I've always wanted to star t a family;
two, into three, into four. I'm looking
for ward to impar ting to my children all
the things I have lear nt from life, taking
a jour ney with my wife to nur ture our
children into decent human beings. I also
can't wait to meet the little per son I've
been watching grow in my wife's belly;
seeing him for the fir st time will be special.
Q What concerns you?
A I don't have too many concer ns, I feel
like I'm as prepared as I can be. I know
I'm about to lose a significant amount
of time when the baby is born, so time
management is something I'll have to keep
on top of as I'm currently working and
studying. I under stand the impor tance of
time with our baby and the benefit it will
have on his development (thanks to the
Bringing Baby Home cour se) and I'll be
mindful of that when managing my time.
Q Have you reflected on your own Dad,
and your experience of being fathered, as
A Definitely. As I have aged and thought
about star ting a family I've often reflected
on my own childhood and how my parents
raised me. Ther e are many things I will
take with me, that I want to replicate, just
as there are many things I will be doing
differently. My goal is to improve on the
experience I received; to be an even better
father than my father. I feel this should be
the aim of every new father.
Q Has your relationship with Julie
A I don't feel that our relationship ha s
changed; if anything, Julie being pregnant
has brought us closer. We are sharing
in the great experience of creating a life.
Leading up to Julie becoming pregnant,
we had experienced a lot of change in a
short period of time: marriage, a move to
Newcastle, changing jobs, another local
move in Newcastle. Becoming pregnant has
definitely been one of the more positive
changes in that time and we are both
excited about it.
Q Is there a story that captures for you
the kind of Dad you would like to be?
A Str ange you should ask...I do recall
watching Clash of the Titans recently and
thinking Perseus' adoptive father, the
fisher man, seemed like a humble, honest
father. He must have r aised Per seus well
because he turned out to be a very
resilient and grounded man.
Q What do you imagine doing with your son?
A I'm looking for ward to many activities
with my children, especially the physical
kind. Doing things for the first time will be
special. I imagine par ticipating in creative
activities with them, for example, creating
music and songs, and I really want to talk
a lot with my children, ensuring I really get
to know and under stand them as they will
hopefully know and under stand me.
MacKillop Parish schools, St Joseph's Charlestown and
St Paul's Gateshead, celebr ated the Feast of St Mary
Bianca Mason, 14, of Bulahdelah Parish competed with
great success at athletics events in Vancouver recently.
She gained medals in relay, triple jump, hurdles, long
jump, 100m and 200m events !
Joshua Romero (left) and Kyle Car roll of San Clemente
High School assisted with catering at the blessing and
opening of suppor ted accommodation and affordable
housing at Mayfield.
WHEN TWO BECOMES THREE
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