By Tita Cook. LifeWorks. Coordinator Family Relationships Education.
The transition from being a couple to becoming parents is one of the pivotal moments in most couple’s lives. Regardless of the time that partners have been living together, couples tend to have well established dynamics regarding the way they function as individuals and as a couple. These include aspects such as life/work balance, finances, division of house chores, use of spare time, personal and couple’s leisure activities and hobbies.
Q1: Why did you get into marriage ed in the first place? What hooked you in?
I have always had a passion about good relationships since I was a little girl. My husband, John, and I met at what was then Catholic Family Welfare Bureau and we were asked to be part of the Marriage Education team. We thought it would be a good idea to wait until we were married to become marriage educators! We both loved working with couples.
Q 2: What do you remember about your first group?
Probably scared stiff!! I think I have blanked it out! I was surprised that couples came reluctantly but then found the day worthwhile and felt closer to each other. I am sure I stuffed up somewhere!
Have ever wondered what happens when the courses, workshops and programs conclude … I do often …..
By Robyn Donnelly, Co-ordinator Marriage & Relationship Education, Catholic Care Social Services, Hunter Manning (Newcastle, NSW) – Mareaa NSW Committee Representative
I always reflect on our couples and past participants months and years later, how are they going, do I really make a different to their marriage and commitment, do they remember the information, does it relate to them as they marry and live out their vows.
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