The Chronicle

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

- MICHAEL NOLAN

IT’S always a shock when the midwife hands a new father his child.

For the past nine months the mum has been doing all the hard work and all of a sudden the bloke has to jump into action.

It can be a time of great joy and terrible fear.

There’s no rule book, no user’s manual for being a father so men do what they have always done and kind of make it up on the fly.

Now a group of young men are getting together to help each other.

They are called Dads of Toowoomba and they held their inaugural Man with a Pram meet up in Newtown Park on Father’s Day.

Organiser Kim Godfrey said the Toowoomba chapter was part of a national movement where dads share their stories online.

“Dads often feel isolated before, during and after birth,” he said.

“Dads join the group as dads looking for support or as mentors.”

The group is non-religious, nonaffilia­ted and non-judgementa­l.

From talking about balancing work and family life, to the stress of disciplini­ng kids to how best to support mums – no subject is off limits.

“We had a bloke post the other day, he was having a vasectomy and he was really worried about it, so the other dads who have had vasectomie­s were able to give him advice.”

TO JOIN THE GROUP SEARCH FOR ‘DADS OF TOOWOOMBA’ ON FACEBOOK.

Dad’s of Toowoomba organiser Kim Godfrey with his son Dylan Godfrey. Kim has built a career helping men be better fathers. Pictures: Kevin Farmer

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 ??  ?? DADS’ DAY OUT: Ross Van Der Werff with his son Lowen at the Dads of Toowoomba Man with a Pram event at Newtown Park.
DADS’ DAY OUT: Ross Van Der Werff with his son Lowen at the Dads of Toowoomba Man with a Pram event at Newtown Park.
 ??  ?? Enjoying the morning in the park are Bart Edwards, his wife Amy Edwards and their son Henry.
Enjoying the morning in the park are Bart Edwards, his wife Amy Edwards and their son Henry.
 ??  ?? Keeping warm on the windy Sunday morning are Roland Fearnley and his daughter Eleanor Fearnley
Keeping warm on the windy Sunday morning are Roland Fearnley and his daughter Eleanor Fearnley
 ??  ?? Phil Degraaf with his kids (from left) Mason Ashenden, Archer Degraaf, William Degraaf and Mia Degraaf.
Phil Degraaf with his kids (from left) Mason Ashenden, Archer Degraaf, William Degraaf and Mia Degraaf.
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Greg Chambers with son Michael Chambers.

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