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.


Promote a positive attitude to education and school

Model respect for the school and for education in what you do and say.


Stay engaged when you are with your kids

Watch Peter Rowsthorn as he demonstrates the importance of engaging with your children.