It featured Penny Hefferan, a blind mother of two, who did a swap with a mother of five fairly unruly children in a chaotic household.
At the beginning of the program I was all set to ring channel 4 and complain vehemently. The mother who Penny swapped with was constantly being negative and saying that Penny shouldn’t be doing what she did. The other thing which they had her doing was wearing sim specs to simulate Penny’s eye condition. This type of activity in my opinion enforces the stereotypes held by a lot of sighted people, that it would be dreadful to be blind and impossible to function.
Of course, anyone who lost their sight suddenly would struggle, but this type of exercise doesn’t take into account the coping strategies which us blind people develop.
As the program progressed however, it was clear that Penny would manage, and the father of the five children changed his opinion of her completely. She helped him to discipline his children which really worked.
The other woman in comparison I felt undermined Penny’s regime. Although a little strict, she introduced things like TV in the bedrooms which for a lot of parents is an absolute no no, be they blind or sighted.
So, in the end I felt that Penny came out of this looking better than the other woman and hopefully has achieved what she set out to achieve, which is to change people’s perceptions of blind housewives.