Sesame Street: Divorce

Sesame Street: Divorce

July 11, 2013 By Janko Predovic

Sesame Street has powerful online toolkit available for parents to use to help their kids understand the meaning of divorce, and how it may affect family life going forward.

From the press release:

Each year about 1.5 million children confront the divorce of their parents, a transition that can be challenging for the entire family, especially young children. While 40% of families experience this, there are few resources to show children they are not the only ones with big questions and feelings about divorce. In response, Sesame Workshop has launched Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, a series of free multimedia resources, to support families through this transition which can be very difficult, especially for young children. These new materials are a continuation of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Military Families Initiative launched in 2006 that provides resources and emotional support to military families with children, ages 2 to 8, coping with challenging transitions in their lives.

As with all content produced by Sesame Workshop, this outreach initiative began with a thorough research process, which included consulting with an advisory board of key experts in child development, early childhood, and mental health fields to guide and shape key content messages. Continuing the process, Sesame Workshop conducted focus groups with parents and service providers to ensure that all of the resources effectively meet the needs of children and families. Sesame Workshop created Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, in order to:

Provide tools and language to help young children (ages 2–8) cope with and understand divorce at an age-appropriate level,
aid families in communicating and expressing feelings around divorce and
reassure children that they will be cared for, and that—together with their families—they can learn ways to adjust to their new life and have hope for the future.

Below is a sample video introducing the concept of divorce.

For more videos and the full toolkit, see Little Children, Big Challenges.

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