All of the Child of our Time children are filmed continuously for 48 hours, putting their day-to-day lives under the microscope. Every movement is analysed to build a real picture of a day in the life of the average British child. Every day we hear about the miserable state of modern childhood. Experts tell us that the pressures of 21st-century life are turning our kids into sad, lazy telly addicts who have forgotten how to play. But can things really have become so bad? Has childhood been cancelled? Do the Child of Our Time children reflect this bleak portrait of modern life?
The childrens' imaginations are explored to see how they respond to set tasks. In this episode, five of our families explore what creativity is and why it matters. Also, see how children distinguish between fears and reality. We are all born with creative potential, but by adulthood it has often disappeared.
Explores brain power. It asks which are the experiences in the first year of life that can turn someone with the genes for genius into a failure, and someone less blessed into a success. As adults, roughly 70 percent of our brain power is inherited from our parents. But our intelligence isn't just down to our parents' genes. What happens to us in life from the moment we are conceived can make a difference. So how can the environment help to increase a child's intellectual potential?
By the time Child of Our Time babies were one years old their basic personalities were evident. We follow their first year of life and ask: is it our genes that fix our personality, or do our early experiences shape who we are?
Self-esteem is a key element of happiness and success and makes us feel good about ourselves. During our lifetimes, self-esteem can fluctuate, because it is not something we are born with, it is something we acquire. A child's self-esteem can be boosted when their parents are pleased with them. Having an achievement recognised is a sure-fire way to do this. A child that is never praised will become de-motivated, and constantly being told off can be damaging for a child's self-esteem.