- Child of Our Time 2002 Power Struggles Alternative
The second programme in the three-part 2002 series following the development of a group of British children born in the year 2000. The programme focuses on the battle of wills and early behavioural instincts. The two-year olds are developing a sense of independence. Professor Winston reveals the importance of self-awareness and asks if a depressed mother will have a lasting effect on her child. Themes explored include: the battle for independence and why it is important for children to win it in order to grow up, how we become winners, what happens to the losers, and whether fighting is good for us. Science reveals why children should be treated like puppies and a mirror and lipstick test explores which of the children have developed self-awareness and the difference being self-aware makes to our behaviour. Suggests that life becomes one long battle when toddlers become self-aware and want to get their own way - all the time. Considers how a depressed parent responds to their child's needs and if can it have a lasting effect on the way children form relationships. Also discusses the battle of wills at bedtime, who wins and why, how babies grow, and how much their environment influences their physical prowess.