EPISODE 2 – ALISON, ANDREW, CHARLIE, 15 LOLA, 12 & DAN, 10
In this second episode, mum Alison, from West Yorkshire, was an only child and always dreamt of having a big family – but the reality of parenting has been much harder than she imagined. She and husband, Andrew, have three children. Their youngest two, 12-year-old Lola and 10-year-old Travis, often row, leaving Alison “at her wit’s end.”
Lola wants to prove that she is more capable than her parents give her credit for and won’t “kill my brother.” Eldest child, Charlie, aged 15, has Down syndrome. Alison feels people underestimate him and she hopes the four days will help him on his way to becoming more confident and independent.
As Charlie, Lola and Travis are left to run their lives and the family home alone, the biggest revelation of the long weekend comes, surprisingly, from Alison.