Man Without a Wife
A man raising five sons on his own
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A short excerpt from the Schools TV programme called 'Happy Families'. This particular unfinished piece is about a man whose wife left him to bring up six boys on his own and the difficulties he experienced. It provides interesting insights into the male perspective on being a single parent and features footage of a housing estate and local shops from the Nineteen Seventies.
Questions & Activities
- What happened to this man's family?
- Would children normally be split up like this?
- How would you describe the relationship this man has with his kids?
- How would you describe the social circumstances of this family?
- What is different about the social safety net then and now?
Social Education and Parenting: Discussion starter What do parents need to provide for their children? What are the issues facing single parents? What kind of support net do we rely on in our own lives, and what would happen if that was not there?
Creative writing: Write a diary about this story from the perspective going into the character of one of the children, or the father writing a letter to the authorities asking for support.
|Resource Rights Holder||Courtesy of Scottish Television|
|Genre||Documentary, Tv Doc|
|School Subject||Physical Education, Religious and Moral Education, English|
|Subject Matter||Social Education|
|Who||Scottish Television (Production company)|