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Title Life at 1. Episode 2 / by Catherine Marciniak
Published Canberra, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (56 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Summary In the second episode of Life at 1 we see how children tackle the ordinary and extraordinary challenges life throws in their paths. In the process, we investigate some of the hottest topics in child development. Just two years ago, Shine's dad Alain was a single bloke. Now, after meeting Michelle on the internet, he's the breadwinner for a household of seven. But Alain may soon be out of a job and they're worried about their financial future. Kim dreamed of being a stay-at-home mum but now motherhood is a reality she doesn't think her family can survive without two incomes. Declan, her son with husband Patrick, attends childcare four days a week and has been going since he was six months old. Handing him over hasn't been easy and Kim's still not sure she's made the right choice. Joshua's parents Garry and Steffi think they've found a balance that suits them. Garry quit his high-pressure job as a luxury car salesman to work in the family business growing fruit and vegetables. It's given him a new outlook and he's decided not to put pressure on his children to study and achieve. But Steffi, who has more traditional Chinese values, is not so sure this will give Joshua the best chance at life. Wyatt's caught up in the busy schedule of his teenage parents. First he's off to crèche with mum Tamara, who's still finishing her final year of high school. Then, as Tamara leaves for her job at the supermarket, he goes to his grandmother's place, where dad Glenn picks him up after he finishes work. It's a hectic but necessary routine if Tamara and Glenn are to realise their long-term goals. When Bernadette was seven months pregnant with Sofia, her husband Anthony was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and given six months to live. Sofia's first few months were chaotic as her dad underwent treatment. His cancer is now in remission, but Sofia's world is about to go through more upheaval. Her mum will be gone for days at a time when she returns to work as a flight attendant. Young Daniel's life was turned upside-down when his brother Jamie almost drowned in a backyard accident, which left him severely brain damaged. Now, his mother Kath, who is completely blind in one eye, is losing sight in the other. Kath so far is displaying amazing resilience but dad Rodney is finding it harder to cope with the change in Jamie. What will the knock-on effects be for Daniel? Join our six children to discover what impact these challenges are having on the families, and if parental stress is affecting the kids. How do their experiences fit with the 10,000 children in the long-term study? We talk to the parents and to child development experts, who explain what triggers stress in young lives and how continual stress can affect the growth of a child's brain. We witness the children ride life's rollercoaster, and we use cutting-edge science to test the saliva of our babies and parents for a stress hormone called cortisol. The results are revealing and sometimes surprising. Is the stress of modern living too much stress for a child? In this episode of Life at 1, we begin to find out
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject Child development -- Australia.
Parent and child -- Australia.
Developmental psychology -- Australia.
Stress in children -- Australia.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Marciniak, Catherine, director
Friels, Colin, 1952- narrator