Parents' Guide to

My Life as a Child

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Poignant tales of childhood right from the source.

TV TLC Reality TV 2007
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The kids' raw footage has been assembled skillfully (sometimes scenes run accompanied by a voice over from what was probably an entirely different shot). But the result doesn't feel fake, like many other reality shows do. And each child's story -- whether it's affected by a distinct challenge (like a physical disability) or is about a rather "normal" life -- shows that kids everywhere, and in every circumstance, crave love and attention, thrive with encouragement and support, and feel losses very deeply.

Families might enjoy watching My Life as a Child together, though teens and adults will find it fascinating even without a child to share it with. Kids who do see the show may have lots of questions after certain segments, such as the one that profiles Madison, a 7-year-old girl with two moms. These should provide great teachable moments.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 26, 2007
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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