Offset the disappointment of missing important dates

One of the most common complaints about being a FIFO worker, travelling a lot for work, or being separated from your partner, is that you miss important dates in your children’s lives like birthdays, sport games, awards at school assemblies, etc. To a large extent you will know ahead of time whether these events will happen when you are away from your children, so plan for them. Become the optimist and work out in advance how to have your own celebration or opportunity to attend.

A dad who lives or works away from his children has to be even better at diary management. Instead of you and your children being disappointed at missing something, set up make-up dates and celebrate the times you do go to their event.


You have to say NO: Kids Must Take Responsibility

Teachers are urging parents to say no to their children more so they learn to take responsibility for their actions. This includes setting boundaries at an early age and refusing to drop everything to cater for a forgetful teenager.


Get to know your children through better listening

Take an interest in what your children are interested in. Ask questions and respond to their answers to show that you are listening.