Fragments of Family Life – the everyday story of a Mum, a Dad and their two children, and the cast of thousands that make up every family’s daily life – written as it happened some 30 years ago. Unexpurgated, a testament to its time.
As a parent, some of the incidents and ideas may raise your eyebrows, as a grandparent, you’ll just remember that was how we did things then.
You can either read it from the links below or click straight to a video version retold on behalf of D’Mum I was, by D’Gran I am now.
Electronic gadgets and high-tech toys, new shoes and old-fashioned ideas, but can you be a ‘real lady’ and a real mother?read more
Never tell yourself nothing worse could possibly happen, because – pound to a penny – something will. Sometimes you’d give £100 for a bit of company, but can’t spend a penny alone…read more
What is small, lays eggs, comes home comes home from school with small boys and itches?read more
Hunger strikes on the M25, medicals and mishap. What price free-range children?read more
Is the best way to a baby’s heart through its stomach …. And does it matter how soon she can hold a hexagon?read more
How things get lost, changed, missed, mislaid or moved on…read more
What you get if you cross a little girl with a health visitor or a small boy with a book of jokes? A clean bill of health and a hilarious month for the whole family.read more
A further report on the perils and pleasures of parenthood by Davina Lloyd: God, the Clinic, school reports and a progress report on the baby In the left-hand drawer of my mother’s dressing table among her treasures, all smelling of a birthday bottle of Chanel No. 5,...read more
The honeymoon is over. My hitherto perfect relationship with my ten-month-old daughter is a scrap of history and a mere memory to me. Miranda had such an agreeable temperament, you see. She’d sleep through the night, eat egg, smile indiscriminately at strangers, wave...read more
This has not been a typical month. But none of them are, are they? Each month brings its own minor miracles and milestones in family life. Even so, this one has been more momentous than most for us. Benedict started school. He's a ‘rising five’ as they say, so his...read more
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