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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Becoming You is a family-friendly docuseries that follows children from all over the world from infancy to the age of five. It discusses key stages in children’s self-identity creating process, including recognizing gender differences. The opening credits show a woman delivering a baby (but there's nothing explicit), and the newborn has some blood on it. Children are seen falling, crying, and sometimes roughhousing, as is normal, but no one gets hurt. Children are raised in accordance to the cultures and customs from the communities from which they come.
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What's the story?
Told through the eyes of 100 children from around the world, BECOMING YOU is a documentary series that shows how each of us forms a unique identity from the moment we are born until we turn five years of age. It shows how during those first 2,000 days of life, babies go from not understanding they are an individual person to developing their likes, dislikes, and unique personalities as they learn how to talk, move, think, and love. From Tokyo, Japan to Bajau Village in Borneo, actress Olivia Colman narrates as we watch children take key physical, mental, and emotional steps in building their own identity.
Is it any good?
This sweet series reveals how humans go from immobile, helpless babies who don’t understanding that they are individual people, to five year olds who have a sense of self-identity. It showcases the natural developmental stages kids go through while highlighting what is learned behavior and what is innate in all of us. Issues like gender fluidity, understanding social norms, and the different ways that children assess their place in the world are also addressed.
Becoming You is beautifully produced and family friendly. But each episode is organized by theme, rather than developmental stage, so many of the children’s growth experiences are only briefly mentioned, never to be seen again. As a result, you're left wanting to know more about some of them, while forgetting about the longer featured stories altogether. Some viewers might find this tiresome, but if you’re interested in learning what makes us who we are at an early age, it's definitely worth your time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the different stages of early childhood development impact our identity-forming process. What does Becoming You highlight as the key moments in this process?
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