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Life at 7

Life at 7

Life at 7

In this episode of Life at 7, we delve into the complex social lives of our 7-year-olds. They now spend a 3rd of their lives with peers, so their social group has increasing influence. We explore the roles our kids play in these social groups, and what skills and attributes they can bring to this important aspect of their lives. So what skills do children need to form successful peer relationships? A child's social competence depends upon a number of factors, including the child's social skills, social awareness, and ability to empathise. The Life Lab experiments demonstrate how the Life children are developing in these areas. We also explore the importance of gender in the social groups of seven-year-olds. We observe just how differently boys and girls play at this age. Despite the critical …

Life at 7 - Episode 1

This episode explores the nature of temperament, and we gain a unique insight into how temperament is shaping the lives of our 7-year-olds. Temperament refers to those basic individual differences that we come into the world with - and the best way to observe temperament at this age is in a controlled environment. We also look at the big life changes for our kids. How has their inherent temperament helped or hindered their ability to deal with the pressures of the schoolyard, family breakdowns and the highs and lows of being a seven-year-old?

Life at 7 - Episode 2

In this episode of Life at 7, we delve into the complex social lives of our 7-year-olds. They now spend a 3rd of their lives with peers, so their social group has increasing influence. We explore the roles our kids play in these social groups, and what skills and attributes they can bring to this important aspect of their lives. So what skills do children need to form successful peer relationships? A child's social competence depends upon a number of factors, including the child's social skills, social awareness, and ability to empathise. The Life Lab experiments demonstrate how the Life children are developing in these areas. We also explore the importance of gender in the social groups of seven-year-olds. We observe just how differently boys and girls play at this age. Despite the critical role of peers, one thing is for sure - the family experience will continue to inform much of who these children are, and how they manage their relationships as their world continues to expand.

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