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CLIP 13479

Ask Lara - Growing pains

Ask Lara - Growing pains
Key Info
  • Ask Lara - Growing pains
  • Duration: 11:53
  • Monica (11) is another year older but is dismayed when her mum texts a photo and she 'hasn't changed a bit'. Her misery is compounded when she suspects Lara (12) and Akira (12) of changing the subject of their conversations about spots and boys because they think that Monica isn't grown up enough to join in. And when she sees her friends going out together later but not inviting her she decides it’s because they don’t want to be seen with a little girl. She resolves to show them just how grown up she can be. The rest of the friends are actually setting up a surprise party at school for Monica's birthday the next day. Tony (13) watches Gabriel (13) effortlessly pick up a crate of drinks that he couldn't budge and begins to compare his less developed arms with Gabriel's more muscular build. Next day and Monica's late for the bus. At the last minute she arrives but she's dressed up in her host Mum's clothes and make up and is almost unrecognisable. Tony and everyone else on the bus ridicule her. At school Monica is inconsolable while Lara and Akira try to help her see that she doesn't need to worry and that she will develop at her own pace. They persuade her to come to class where she finds everyone waiting for her surprise party. Tony apologises and whispers his secret to Monica – he spent half the night doing weights trying to develop his muscles and now he can't even lift up a cup never mind a crate! They share a moment of recognition and Monica realises that she’s just fine the way she is.
  • Subject:



    Self Image

  • Keywords: Ask Lara, asklara, anxiety, growing up, puberty, self- esteem, development, physical, acceptance, exercise, worry.
Ideas for use in class
  • Can be used as stimulus to discuss self-image and self-confidence in boys and girls, and is useful to be able to re-enforce the fact that different children develop at different stages.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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