A mining couple’s guide to surviving early parenthood

By Angie Willcocks

Being a new parent is tough, especially when your partner works away. On top of all of the normal worries of being a new mum or dad, FIFO/DIDO parents worry about the impact of one parent working away on their child. Truth be told, the FIFO/DIDO lifestyle is probably not ideal for families who are in the first six to 12 months of parenthood, for all sorts of different reasons. But we can’t always choose the timing of babies, and sometimes we have to make the best of a less-than-perfect situation. If you have recently transitioned from a mining couple to mining parents (or are considering the scenario…) it might pay to think about the following areas:

For the person at home:

For the person working away:

For the relationship:

For baby:

The Sensible Sleep Solution

When I was a new mum (ages ago now) I became annoyed at the lack of information about how to help babies develop healthy sleep habits. I wasn’t keen on controlled crying, and I didn’t want to share my bed with my baby either. I just wanted a ‘middle of the road’ approach. Anyway, to cut a very long story short, I found a sleep expert and together we wrote the book I wanted to read (way too late for me, unfortunately!) Google the title to check availability in online bookstores. 

 

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