MiningFM: Staying upbeat when you're apart at Christmas | Expert guide to kicking career goals in 2017
Abby Ranford has grown up before your eyes on Mining Family Matters (she's the gorgeous girl in two photos above). Now 12, she's written her first column for FIFO kids, on her favourite ways to have fun at Christmas even when Mum or Dad is working away. Merry Christmas to all, and may 2017 be your time to shine. We'll see you in February.
How to stay upbeat when you miss big family events
Forget dwelling on how Christmas "should be". It's time to get excited about what this Christmas "could be". All it takes is a little change in your thinking, and some thoughtful planning ahead to ensure the day is still special even if you're apart. > read more
IN 2017, set CAREER GOALS that work by FOCUSING ON THE 'WHY'
If you can spare half an hour, Therese Lardner has a career goal-setting strategy that might change your life in 2017. It's about working out why you want to achieve your goals, and setting out a simple quarterly action plan to make them happen. > read more
HOW TO SUPER-SIZE YOUR TIME AWAY FROM THE QUARRY
If you want to improve your work/life balance but your work roster doesn't seem to make it possible, try maximising those hours that you do get to spend with family. Let the household jobs wait a bit longer, and get out and have some fun together. As we explain in our special new section for quarry workers, quality time doesn't need to cost a cent. > READ MORE
BABY'S first DIDO christmas: no dadDY, but family galore
Miner's Girl Sarah Long is about to spend her first Christmas as a Mum. Exciting times! But very different too. With Mr Miner set to be working away on 25 December, her Aussie in-laws are planning not one, but two Christmas Days. And when her own parents arrive from the UK in early January, they might just celebrate Christmas all over again.> READ MORE
women needed for important perinatal food/mood study
One in five women experience clinically significant levels of depression and/or anxiety from when they are about five months pregnant through to the first month after their child is born. Our fab former psychologist Angie Willcocks is trying to find out if food plays a role.> read more
new books and writing courses inspire fifo kids
Clever mums are putting kids in the picture with two new illustrated FIFO books and a writing course for teenagers. The books include When I'm Away by dump truck driver Zoe Blandford – you can even have her story customised to include your own image.> read more
Dad's away, budget's tight and school hols are here. No sweat!
Thanks to oil and gas work, Deb Russo's husband has been home for just three of the past 11 Christmas school holidays. With Dad away again and the school year near an end, she's mapped out a stack of fun things to do on a budget. Have fun! > read more
never succeeded with a new year's resolution? try this...
If your New Year's resolutions are always forgotten by mid-January, maybe it's time to try something different. The experts at Mine Wealth + Wellbeing offer simple but effective strategies, like linking your achievements to a charity, or jotting down the stuff you're doing right.> READ MORE
working away for Xmas? share the love with those back home
When it comes to FIFO family dynamics, we often focus on the worker away (which of course is important). But this Christmas, MFM founder Alicia Ranford offers clever tips for ensuring your loved ones back home are made to feel super special too.> read more