For families with a parent who works a Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) job, life can be challenging. The extended periods of time apart can take a toll on both kids and parents, leading to feelings of loneliness and boredom. However, there are ways to make the time apart a little easier and to help keep the kids occupied while their dad is away.
Here are some tips and ideas to help you keep your kids busy and entertained during FIFO periods:
Create a schedule: Having a routine in place can help provide a sense of stability for kids, especially when their dad is away. A schedule can include activities such as schoolwork, playtime, and bedtime. This can help keep the kids on track and reduce feelings of boredom.
Encourage creativity: Providing your kids with opportunities for creative expression can help keep their minds active and entertained. This can include things like arts and crafts, writing, drawing, and music.
Plan fun activities: Whether it's a trip to the park, a movie night, or a day at the beach, planning fun activities with the kids can help keep them entertained and create memories to look back on.
Stay connected: With today's technology, it's easier than ever to stay connected with your FIFO partner. Encourage your kids to video chat or call their dad as often as they like. This can help reduce feelings of loneliness and provide a sense of closeness, even when they are physically apart.
Involve the kids in the planning process: Encouraging your kids to take an active role in planning activities can help keep them engaged and provide a sense of ownership and responsibility.
Seek support: Having a support system in place can be invaluable, especially when dealing with the challenges of a FIFO lifestyle. Reach out to friends, family, and other FIFO families for support and advice.
Practice self-care: It's important to take care of yourself, especially when you're the primary caregiver. Make time for activities that you enjoy, whether it's reading a book, taking a bath, or going for a walk.
A FIFO lifestyle can be challenging, but with a little effort and creativity, you can make it work for your family. By staying connected, planning fun activities, and seeking support, you can help keep your kids entertained and reduce feelings of boredom and loneliness. Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself, so that you have the energy and resources to support your family.
Explore more activity ideas with Azelia Walter's The Adventure of a FIFO kid.