Help for families on the fly

FIFO family Logan and Tania Noble with Tarquin, Alyshia and Marika. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d408449
FIFO family Logan and Tania Noble with Tarquin, Alyshia and Marika. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d408449

Ms Hohaia’s father was FIFO, her ex-husband and two elder sons are FIFO and her new fianc� is FIFO as well, but she said she was used to the lifestyle.

While her fianc� is away, Ms Hohaia cares for her two younger children, and every other weekend his two children from a previous relationship.

Until recently, she worked full time, but this year she has launched a business, Safe Balance, to support FIFO families.

She also runs a Canning Vale FIFO Families support group, to help children and parents make friends and overcome challenges.

Ms Hohaia said many children struggled with a parent’s absence, at-home parents got used to living alone and the upset to routine when workers returned could cause tension.

Workers could get depressed while away, when they are without the healthy distractions of ordinary life.

‘Technology makes it easier,’ she said. ‘Without Skype we would be lost.’

She said the ease of taking photographs and making videos was another blessing, making it easier for workers to take part in moments missed.

She recommended families take advantage of support groups and products tailored to them.

‘Just remember no one is doing this forever,’ she said.

‘Have a financial plan, set yourself up for retirement and living a comfortable, realistic life.’

– Call the Canning Vale support group on 0487 332 607.