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A new approach to talk to Missouri children about divorce

Sesame Street is one of the most popular children's shows around the world. The show's cast members and characters help children learn the alphabet, count, sing and dance. Now, the show is helping children explore one of the most sensitive social topics: divorce.

Families in all 50 states, including Missouri, know that divorce is difficult. Divorcing parents must resolve legal matters relative to property distribution, financial support and child custody. Resolution of these issues determines the legal rights of a parent toward the children's school, shelter and care. Sometimes, these issues lead to parental arguments that are heated and scary to a child.

In a 13-minute online episode available on YouTube, Sesame Street explains divorce with a cast that includes a pink fairy named Abby Cadabby. Abby explains divorce to kids by showing two drawings showing how she spends time with her mom and her dad in two separate houses. Using a positive explanation that seeks to alleviate children's anxieties, the pink fairy tells them that her parents are divorced and that her parents still love her.

The video seeks to explain divorce to kids in an encouraging approach that is free from stress. The writers of the show want children to understand that their parents' divorce is not the children's fault. The show also wants to assist families and co-parents in communicating to their children when it comes to this difficult subject.

Because divorce affects kids, parent must support them and help them cope with the stress it creates. Parents may struggle to talk their kids about separation, but talking with them about it may help the children adjust more easily. Coping with divorce may take time, but it is possible with their parents' support and the help of the Sesame Street video.

Source: Examiner, "D is for Divorce on 'Sesame Street' (Video)" Nicole Ramage, Dec. 14, 2012


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