+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    144
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked
    49
    Reviews
    0

    Default My DD is not coping with DH being away

    DH started a FIFO job and DD has not been coping well. She is very clingy, emotional and playing up a lot.

    I don't know how to make this transition any easier for her, she speaks to DH daily on the phone and she knows he will be coming home. He only does 7 days on, 7 days off so it's not like he is gone for weeks at a time.

    Any advice would be great, thank you.

    Court

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,116
    Thanks
    88
    Thanked
    266
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    My second son gets quite upset about DH being away. It's odd for me as DS1 never did, and DH has always worked away so it's not a new thing.

    Some things that help calm him are keeping a note from Daddy under his pillow and I also had a photo keyring made that he can put around his neck on an ID tag thingo.

    How old is she? Does she understand a countdown of days? My DS2 is 3.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Newcastle
    Posts
    14,956
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    634
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    I hear you, in 12 months I haven't been able to make it any easier.

    DH is gone for 3 days max & it's still bloody hard. Kids pick at each other & tell each other daddy's lost.

    Only way I can make it easier on them is to tell them his at work talking to the man about a fan With the baby car & not let them talk to him.

  4. #4
    MilkingMaid's Avatar
    MilkingMaid is offline Winner 2009 - Mod Award - most supportive member
    Question those who don't question authority
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Home
    Posts
    9,661
    Thanks
    3,787
    Thanked
    2,144
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    I've found time is the only thing really. It takes time for kids to get used to the new rhythm of when they see dad, my boys have taken probably 8 months to adjust properly... How old is your daughter? It certainly gets easier as they get older.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    196
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    15
    Reviews
    0
    My DH has just started a FIFO job again & our 2.5yr old DD is also acting up & driving me crazy while he's away. I've started colouring in the days he's away on the calander & cross each day off with her till daddy comes home. I'm hoping in time she'll settle.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    10,618
    Thanks
    905
    Thanked
    1,482
    Reviews
    19
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    It's hard, my DD1 has started to get upset with DH working away, now that she is older, but since he goes away for much longer periods than a week she adjusts and gets used to it after a week or 2. I think one week on, one week off would be quite confusing as he is constantly coming and going (i find longer stretches away are often easier on the kids strangely enough) - over time she will start to get used to the pattern and will hopefully settle.
    You could do a countdown system - either with a calendar or you could fill a jar with 7 small lollies (or whatever you like) and each day you can give one to DD and when the jar is empty daddy will be home - it's a good visual for kids and a treat to look forward to every day.

    I understand how hard it is, i hope your DD settles soon.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Not Coping
    By Hayley8 in forum IVF
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 24-10-2012, 17:01
  2. Not coping
    By desertflower in forum 3 year olds
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 27-08-2012, 23:04
  3. Coping
    By lolz83 in forum Newborns (0 - 2 months)
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 13-08-2012, 11:28

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
GymbaROOGymbaROO offers activities for babies & toddlers in a fun learning centre, focussing on developmental education. ...
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›