Missing Daddy – Ideas to Help Children Understand the FIFO Lifestyle

Missing Daddy - Helping Children Understand the FIFO Lifestyle. Resources to help children who are missing their FIFO Daddy

If you're a FIFO Mum, then chances are you sometimes find yourself in a situation with a child, or children, who miss their FIFO Dad more than words can express.  It can be difficult to soothe a child that misses their FIFO parent - nothing can replace a warm hug from Dad! But there are things that we can do for our kids to help them when they're really missing Daddy.  As a FIFO Mum with 2 small boys, I've dealt with lots of hard days, where they just feel sad because they're missing Daddy. Here are some of the things that I do for the boys when they are missing their FIFO Dad.  I hope they help you to navigate those challenging days a little easier!

FIFO Dad Books

There are a number of books that have been written specifically to help children to understand the FIFO lifestyle and deal with their emotions surrounding Daddy working away.  These are the books that I read to my boys.  The last  one is currently out of print, but we borrow it regularly from our local library.  We have purchased the other two and they love them!  

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Safer Community Network – Introducing an Initiative by the City of Bunbury

Calling all FIFO Mums – have you ever wondered how you would cope in an emergency if your husband or partner was away at work, and the only person left to deal with the fall out was you?

FIFO Mums, have you ever been in this situation?

“Its 2am and the dog made a low growl at the front door.  It was just me and my 2yo daughter as OH was away working.   I froze and just didn’t know what to do”.

“There was a severe weather warning for the area and by the time I picked the kids up from school it was so windy and the rain was sideways, it was pushing us over the road.  I slept on the floor with the kids that night (and the dog) as I was just so scared and consoled the kids.  I could hear banging out the back and we lost power. My Husband was away for work “

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FIFO Emergency – Bushfires, Babies … and a FIFO Husband

FIFO Emergency - living through a bushfire with a baby while my FIFO husband was away at work.

Have you ever wondered what might happen if there was an emergency while your hubby or partner is away at work?  And I'm not talking about running out of milk before breakfast.

Imagine waking up from a nap one afternoon and being told that you have to evacuate your home because of a bushfire emergency.

Now, imagine doing it without your husband, all while trying to soothe a screaming 4 week old baby and a cheeky 2 year old.

Other than pregnancy and birth, there hasn't been too many emergencies that I've had to live through while hubs has been at work.  Sure there have been kid injuries and chooks passing away, maybe even the odd escaped sheep or gastro outbreak.

But what I want to talk to you about is my experience of living through a bushfire while my FIFO husband was away at work.

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Help for FIFO Families in Western Australia

Help for FIFO Families in Western Australia

Help for FIFO Families in Western AustraliaWe understand that FIFO life can be tough on everyone involved.  It’s not an easy lifestyle and can certainly take it’s toll on families and couples in many different ways.

In order to help FIFO families connect with the services that they may need, we’ve put together a list of service providers in Western Australia that you can reach out to when you need some extra support.

If you are aware of any providers that we may have missed, or if you provide a service for FIFO families, please get in touch with us to be added to the list.  You’ll also find a list of local South West services for families in crisis here.

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I want a DIVORCE – Why I’m divorcing my husband after 7 years of marriage

Divorce - why I'm divorcing my husband after 7 years of marriage - mental health, FIFO life, losing my mum to cancer

I told my husband that I want a divorce this morning.

He was obviously quite shocked.

Our family and friends might also be a little shocked to hear this.  Or maybe they won’t?

It might come as a surprise to some that our marriage hasn’t always been a happy one.  And it might be a little shocking that I’m openly admitting this online.  It’s not something that is easy to talk about.  It’s much easier to keep up the facade that everything has been rosy.

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