Our family’s life was forced into turmoil with my husbands redundancy. He now works FIFO (not by choice and not our preference). I thought our daughter was coping better than I was, but how wrong I was. She took it upon herself to create a book called “my FIFO dad”. It covered all significant events during a year, including Easter, Christmas and all of our birthdays – he was away for all of them in the book, just as he had been in real life. The book was the most amazing way for us to discuss exactly how she was coping and strategies we could all put in place to help each other. Communication within our family has never been better. I cannot stress enough the importance of understanding your children’s feelings and allowing them to express how they feel in whatever forum they can use, visual, verbal or otherwise. Her drawings were as poignant as her words.
Posted anonymously, 31st October 2015