I am a FIFO husband/dad on a 26/9 roster and we have an 8 month old.
It seems every swing there is something going wrong at home with sick baby or sick wife and as much as we hate to be apart we have managed to buy a home which we move into next week and kick a lot of other financial goals.
My question to the wives and partners on the board is a bit tricky. Most mornings when I message a good morning to my wife there has been some event like teethng or vomit resulting in very little sleep and a bad night, it obviously kills me to hear of the troubles at home and I don't dare complain about missing home or a hard day at work but more and more lately I'm stumped with how to respond.
I can't fix it and can't drop everything and come home, last swing I came home 4 days early and it cost us over 2k which means I'm working heaps of hours to get us back on top again.
I know my wife has a very hard job dealing with a baby and the house on her own but she does not want to use childcare yet and is happy for the financial help of FIFO.
As much as she needs someone to vent to I don't know what she needs to hear from me, I feel like a horrible husband and father but this is what I need to do for our family right now.