Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Making the most of Dad’s Day

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Father’s Day will look a little different for local families this Sunday, as COVID lockdown prevents families from gathering to celebrate.

While the health orders keep us safe, it has caused one family some sadness as they celebrate their first Father’s Day without the extended family.

Jenna and Phillip Kaine welcomed son Ryan four months ago, and Phillip’s parents have only been able to cross the border from Wangaratta twice to see their new grandchild.

He said it’s been ‘‘difficult’’ as Victoria’s hardened border with NSW has cut people off from their neighbouri­ng communitie­s.

Phillip and Jenna’s Father’s Day tradition is to visit the Kaine family farm for a barbecue, a splash in the river, and fun on the dirt bikes with the extended family.

‘‘It would have been nice to have a big family gathering,’’ Mr Kaine said.

This year they will celebrate at home with a phone call to wish each other a happy Father’s Day.

Mr Kaine said despite the lockdown it’s going to be ‘‘quite exciting and joyful’’ to celebrate with wife of 21⁄2 years and Ryan, and enjoy quality family time.

He said being a new father was a dichotomy of ‘‘full on’’ and quiet moments, especially as he is a diesel mechanic and classed as an essential worker — he works all day before going home to help care for Ryan.

‘‘He loves coming home and giving bottles and reading books to Ryan, and putting him to bed,’’ Mrs Kaine said.

Ryan has already shown similariti­es to his parents, including Jenna’s hair and Phillip’s cheeky smirk, according to Mr Kaine.

Mrs Kaine, who owns Deniliquin business Evolve Fitness + Wellbeing, has been working from home since lockdown began, and said it has had its own challenges for her.

Many young Australian families have reported the stress of raising a child without the ability to go to parenting groups or extended family for support and social activities.

‘‘Those limitation­s can make it feel isolating at times,’’ she said.

She’s been coping by taking Ryan for walks with a friend, grabbing some takeaway from local restaurant­s, and staying in touch with family virtually.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of beautiful family and friends to support us, which is fantastic,’’ Mrs Kaine said.

She said virtual catch ups can take a bit of the joy out of the day, but their family would ‘‘make the most of it’’.

‘‘Hopefully there’s some good weather and we go for a nice walk, celebrate, and take lots of pictures,’’ she said.

It helps that the pair are a strong team, which Mrs Kaine says is the result of six years of commitment.

‘‘Phillip’s really good with Ryan, very hands on and we’ve got a great team partnershi­p,’’ she said.

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■ Phillip and Jenna Kaine with their son Ryan.

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