We Are Family [Radio Wales]

Episodes

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Raising Kids But Not Raising Voices2021020420210205 (RW)
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The number of households with at least two adult generations living together under one roof has grown rapidly over the past decade. In the UK two-thirds of all single people aged between 20 and 34 are back living with mum or dad – or they haven’t ever left home. And multigenerational households where grandchildren are living with two adult generations are also very popular.

It’s down to a combination of precarious job market conditions, low wages, high rents, rising house prices and life shocks such as relationship breakups – and there’s an X factor too: people really do seem to enjoy multigenerational living.

In We Are Family Suzanne Packer explores this different and very special version of family life. It’s the stuff of traditional sitcom and those wretched mother-in-law jokes – but the reality is more subtle and more joyous. We will hear about what makes it both sensible and special. And we’ll hear from people with some sound advice on how to avoid it all going horribly wrong.

In Episode 2, we meet an all-female household and a Cardiff couple who have invited their daughter and her family to live with them so they could save for their own home. We also hear more from all our families on the things that can go wrong when you share your home – and how to avoid them. There’s advice from an architect on how to make your home work for a multigenerational household, and Suzanne finds out why our houses are actually getting smaller.

Suzanne Packer explores why multigenerational living is getting more popular in Wales.

The Multi-generation Game2021012820210129 (RW)
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The number of households with at least two adult generations living together under one roof has grown rapidly over the past decade. In the UK two-thirds of all single people aged between 20 and 34 are back living with mum or dad – or they haven’t ever left home. And multigenerational households where grandchildren are living with two adult generations are also very popular.

It’s down to a combination of precarious job market conditions, low wages, high rents, rising house prices and life shocks such as relationship breakups – and there’s an X factor too: people really do seem to enjoy multigenerational living.

In We Are Family Suzanne Packer explores this different and very special version of family life. It’s the stuff of traditional sitcom and those wretched mother-in-law jokes – but the reality is more subtle and more joyous. We will hear about what makes it both sensible and special. And we’ll hear from people with some sound advice on how to avoid it all going horribly wrong..

In Episode 1 – The Multi-Generation Game – Suzanne meets three households who can give her an inside view of what it’s really like: a Valleys farming family who live AND work together, a family in Merthyr where the boyfriend moved in when a baby was on the way, and a Swansea family where grandma came over from India and helped to raise the children.

We Are Family is a Bengo Media Production

Suzanne Packer explores why multigenerational living is getting more popular in Wales.

Suzanne Packer explores why multigenerational living is getting more popular in Wales.