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Role play at ‘Children are Gift’ Maracas.

A key component of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s ‘Children Are Gift’(CAG) programme is a segment on fatherhood. As we celebrate Father’s Day, here are some thoughts shared by male and female participants at the CAG Arima session on May 5, and the CAG Bourg Mulatresse session on April 28.


  • I used to think that fathering was not of major importance in a child’s life, but now I know how very important it is.
  • I used to think that fathering was just about a man being there to provide and protect, but now I know the real impact a father has on the life of his children.
  • I use to think that my father’s not being around did not affect me, but now I know his not being there played a role in my choices.
  • I used to think if I am present it would be enough for my family, but now I know I should be more involved in my children’s life.
  • I used to think I could be mother and father to my household, but now I know that a male role model is very important.
  • I used to think that the role of the father was always important, and now I know that it is true, perfectly correct and in order.
  • I used to think if I was a good provider and present that I was there for my children, but now I know that I should be there for my children physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Bourg Mulatresse

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