Family and Pets

Family memories, family today and pets

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Family growing up

  • Family life and growing up in the 1950s, 1940s, 1930s and 1920s was different to life today.
  • Usually a family only had one car and it was often just dad who went to work as mum stayed home to look after the family.
  • Family homes were usually smaller so children often shared a bedroom with siblings making for plenty of fun times as well as fights.
Share your memories of the family when you were growing up and where you grew up.

Family today

Over the years families change as children grow up, maybe get married and grandchildren arrive.

  • Do you look after the grandchildren through the week or on school holidays?
  • Parents sometimes need help as they get older and are not able to look after themselves.
  • You may now be the decision maker and carer for all their needs either financially, every day needs or concerning their health.
  • Are you dealing with conditions like Alzheimers, dementia or cancer with your parents?
Talk about the family today, parents, children and grandchildren.

Pets who share your home

pets

Pets are excellent companions as they are loyal, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and ease loneliness. They are a wonderful addition to any home as they love you unconditionally and become an important part of the family. Sometimes they even seem to take over the house at time.

Post a comment with stories of your pets and some of their adventures.

7 Comments

  • robyn says:

    We have 2 beautiful daughters who have both had a son giving us 2 wonderful grandsons. It is great fun to see these little fellows grow up as one is nearly 2 and the other is nearly 3 years old. Both boys are full of energy and sometimes a little hard to keep up with but it is lots of fun trying.
    We live in a dual living arrangement with our eldest daughter as we have a small house on the same block as their house so we get to see one grandson everyday. He is learning and growing so quickly it is amazing to see all the changes as he grows. Our other grandson does not live too far away so we get to see him regularly and it is so much fun seeing these 2 little boys playing together having fun.

    I would love to hear about your grandchildren so post a comment and tell me about them.

    Robyn

    • Born: other
    • Location: Born in the Forites
  • robyn says:

    I found an old booklet issued by the Tasmanian Government in the 1950s which was a GUIDE TO FEEDING YOUNG CHILDREN. I wondered if some of the advice might bring back some childhood memories.
    During the winter months children are well covered with clothes which prevents them from obtaining sufficient of the sunlight vitamin. In the best interest of health it is necessary to provide this vitamin in some other way such, as cod liver oil, other fish liver oil, or some multi-vitamin preparations.
    All of these sound horrible and reminded me of a disgusting vitamin tablet my mum gave us each day till she discovered I hid mine instead of taking it. I remember the horror of also being fed liver every now and then as it was supposed to be good for us.
    Did you every get a dose of cod liver oil or some other horrible preparation for your health?
    Is there any food you hated eating as a kid?

    I would love to hear your memories.

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Cassie says:

    Hi again. It’s good to see the warm weather at last, it means that Bev. spends more time in the garden and I’m able to help him. I’ve been able to show him quite a few new things to do like digging holes but for some reason he doesn’t always appreciate what I’m doing. It seems he doesn’t always want holes dug where I dig them because he keeps filling them in but it is much easier to dig the next time. It’s a two way learning cycle. I used to get out of the yard by jumping the fence, Bev would bring me back and tie me up for a while. I don’t jump the fence as much these days so he even lets me go with him when he’s in the front garden, I like that because people walking past say what a lovely dog I am. I’m still waiting to hear from my peers or their family about their life, I hope it’s as good as mine. Cheers, Woof woof, Cassie.

    • Born: 1920
    • Location: Shellharbour NSW AUS.
    • robyn says:

      Hi Cassie, My name is Bella and I live with 2 families in something they call dual living. My mum, dad and little boy live in a big house and “my grandparents” live in a smaller house next door. There is a walkway between the houses where I spend my days except when I am allowed inside which is great with 2 families to fuss over me. When we moved here they built a fence making a nice big yard at the back of the houses for me to play in. I would like to get out into the bigger part of the backyard but they say I can not be trusted as I tend to go on little adventures. I don’t know why they worry as when I have gone on one or two little adventures in the neighbourhood they have always found me. I do get bored sometimes if they are away for a while so I spend my time digging trying to get out but have not had any success lately as they seem to have put up some barriers that stop me. I do enjoy playing with the little boy who is 2 years old as he is lots of fun and laughs at all the things I do. Life is pretty good where I live Cassie. Woof Woof Bella.

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • Cassie says:

    I was on the earlier format so some of you may remember me. I’m an American Stafordshire Terrier X Collie and I’m lovely. I adopted a human, his name is Bevan but everyone calls him Bev so I do the same. He came into the pet shop one day and I took an instant liking to him, so when he decided to take me home I was more than happy to go with him. In the early days we had a few misunderstandings, I’d see him weeding in the garden and I’d try and help him. The only trouble was I couldn’t tell the difference between weeds and the plants he wanted to keep, also I was a little bit out on my timing for dead heading the flowers so he became a little upset at times but I forgave him. I enjoy letting Bev look after me, I get fed twice a day and there’s fresh water there, although once or twice he has forgotten and I’ve had to remind him about the water but he’s learning. He’s been very considerate this winter, when it’s been very cold he puts the heater on to keep me warm so I let him share it with me, I think he enjoys that. I hope that if any of my peers or their adopted family read this they will let me know what’s going on in their lives. Cassie woof!

    • Born: 1932
    • Location: Shellharbour NSW AUS.
    • robyn says:

      Hello Cassie,
      It is wonderful to hear from you again as it has been a while. I have wondered how you and Bev are going especially over the winter but sounds like you both kept warm by the heater. As the weather warms you will be able to get out into the garden and give Bev a hand with some of the jobs to be done.
      Enjoy the sunshine and don’t get into to much mischief.
      Robyn

      • Born: 1940
      • Location: Born in the Forties
  • robyn says:

    Rascal, a beautiful border collie, shared our lives for many years and is sadly missed. He loved to keep me company when I was out in the garden and snuggle up in his basket when he came inside for the evening.
    We lived in Canberra for a couple of years so he hated the June long weekend when the kids in the neighbourhood would be letting off firecrackers all weekend. Such great memories of a wonderful dog.

    • Born: 1940
    • Location: Born in the Forties

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