FIFO parenting in hindsight: Four things I wish I’d done
Looking back on early parenthood (when she and her husband both juggled FIFO rosters), Virginia Heffernan realizes she could have done a few things differently. That includes enlisting the help of grandparents, instead of flying home from China to Toronto one night, just in time to make her son’s dinner. With the benefit of hindsight, she wishes she’d also relaxed a little about home cooking, found more time for exercise and kept a journal of her baby boy’s milestones.
Navigating your way through job loss: be kind to yourself and don’t burn bridges!
Careers expert Terry Lende has helped thousands of Canadians find work, and that includes many coping with the upheaval of being made redundant. As uncertainty continues in the mining and resources industry, she offers five superb tips for navigating your way through job loss. That includes being strategic, never burning your bridges and being kind to yourself too.
How to cope emotionally in the early days of working away
Times are tight in mining and resources but there are always workers flying out on their first FIFO roster. As psychologist Angie Willcocks says, clear goals and a positive frame of mind will help enormously as you adapt to the new routine.
Q&A: Helping your child to understand FIFO
It’s a common conundrum for FIFO parents: will working away have a negative impact on my young children? The answer, according to psychologist Angie Willcocks, is generally no. As she says: “Children are actually quite resilient and accept a wide range of lifestyles without question, provided that the adults in their life are coping OK and that there is a fair degree of predictability in their life.” If you’re a little worried about the lifestyle’s impacts though, Angie’s expert advice is worth a read.
New parents will also enjoy our column this month by Mining Family Matters founder Alicia Ranford, offering a personal insight on how to make the transition from a carefree FIFO couple to responsible FIFO parents.
Time away from home offers an insight into sometimes lonely FIFO life
Columnist Jocie Ferron is usually the parent at home with her two young sons, while her husband works away in the resources industry. Just lately though, she’s been travelling away for study, and she’s learnt that constantly eating out and spending time alone is not as glamorous as she once suspected. She’s also gained a valuable insight into the importance of nightly Skype or phone calls when you’re striving to stay connected to loved ones from afar.
The ultimate guide to a healthier you. Step #1: taking stock
If you want 2015 to be the year you got fit and healthy, Mareike Bout’s ultimate health guide is the perfect place to start. First up she says it’s essential to take stock. And that means everything from visiting the doctor for a full health check, to being honest about your weight, assessing your physical activity and keeping a food diary. As Mareike says, you’ve only got one life … so life it well!