In February this year my hubby left our little nest to fly abroad to Western Australia to start working in the mines as he had no work for 3 months and I was recovering from a pretty bad car accident not being able to go back to work.

2 children 4.5yrs and 2.5 years of age, no family support where we lived, they all live interstate.

Its been a darn struggle and personally with health problems I have had to endure this year as well as kids being sick on and off most of the year I am more than ready for 2014 to hit me already.

FIFO lifestyle is for some families, it’s not for others, I miss my husband so much and the kids miss their daddy so much, with my son actually suffering a melt down this morning at kindy drop off, crying and when I asked why he said he just missed his daddy sooo much, nearly made me cry.

I have made great friendships Australia wide through forums on facebook, I haven’t physically met anyone yet but they have been my back bone when no one understands.

I would LOVE to hear from any other families and hear how you all cope.

Posted by kmarree, 29th November 2013

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  • It is hard when the breadwinner has to go anywhere to work isn’t it . I come from a culture where in the 1960’s a lot of families ( mainly parents generation ) had to migrate to Australia ( so it could be father and/or siblings ) to find work. Once they become permanent citizens they try and sponser the other members to come . It isn’t always that easy . My father did not see his youngest brother for 20 years when he successfully sponsored him to come out on many years ago . Now they try and keep in touch as much as he can . Hopefully you can use Skype. FB or email etc.. to keep in touch and hopefully work out something in the future you can see each other more often . Not sure of your local area, but maybe do some volunteer work to meet other mothers and this will become less lonely and isolating for you as well.


  • Rountine, routine, rountine, keeping busy and one day at a time.


  • I just wanted to say I hope it still going well for you. It is such difficult lifestyle for family, although necessary.


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