Britain has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe. In this ambitious, month-long social experiment, five teenage couples – all itching for independence – discover what it’s like to tackle the toughest job of all… parenting on holiday. Remember all those years of family holidays? The rows in the car on the way, the uncomfortable beds, the sunburn, the terrible food, the claustrophobia of spending days and days with your mum and dad. And of course the surfing, the beachfuls of bikini clad contemporaries, the holiday romances and the fab weather. Five teenage couples – all craving independence and a family of their own – get their long awaited first summer as grown-ups.
Living as adults for the first time, they move into their own holiday cottage, and live by their own rules. For teenagers, holidays are fun. Holidays mean lazy days in the sun and sea, followed by rowdy nights out, before crashing into bed just before the sun rises. But it’s not quite like that for this lot. Because their holiday comes with a painful dose of adult responsibility.
They are in loco parentis for a never ending stream of babies, toddlers, pre-teens, teens - some with pets, others with siblings, all of them with attitude - and finally the elderly and infirm.
Far from lazing around topping up their tans on the beach these teenagers juggle babies and children with sandy nappies, collapsing tents, soggy sandwiches and muddy pets. These cocky teens are convinced they have it in them to look after children. But what they discover is that, if it’s hard being a parent, it’s even harder being a parent on holiday. Sun kissed dreams fast become a living, sandy, sunburnt nightmare.... Read more.