Sesame Street divorce: Sesame Street now to teach kids about divorce (Video)

By on Dec 12, 2012 in Lifestyle, Parenting, Television Comments

America’s long running children show Sesame Street will now be teaching kids about divorce, and has created a video titled Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, which a portion can be watched below. This is the second time that Sesame Street will try to teach kids about divorce after they failed before, 20 years ago.

Sesame Street divorce talk

Sesame Street characters talking about divorce
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As noted in the post at Tumblr Storyboard on Monday, December 10, 2012, which was produced in partnership with Time.com, Sesame Street released a multimedia kit called ‘Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce‘ that includes a storybook (‘Two Hug Day‘), a guide for parents on how to help their kids cope with divorce.

“We want kids to understand that they’re not alone, and that it’s not their fault. These kids love and adore Abby. So to know that she’s going through something similar to them, something challenging, it’s like, ‘Wow.’ It makes it OK to have a whole range of feelings.” Lynn Chwatsky, Sesame Street‘s VP for outreach, who oversaw the project, was quoted in the report.

This Tuesday, the Sesame Street Workshop made an online debut of a 13-minute segment where a sparkly pink fairy named Abby Cadabby had her parents divorced for quite some time. In a scene, Abby and her friends Elmo and Rosita are drawing their houses, and Abby drew two houses.

“This one is where I live with my mommy, and this one is where I live with my daddy.” Abby told Elmo and Rosita, who both got confused and asked her how was it possible. Gordon, an adult, can be heard explaining to them that, “Divorce means that Abby‘s mommy and daddy aren’t married anymore.”

Back in 1992, Sesame Street filmed a segment titled Snuffy’s Parents Get a Divorce but it was never aired on TV. It was tested on preschoolers, just weeks before it was scheduled to air. However, it did not push through because children who watched it had a lot of worries, and were afraid that it will also happen to their parents.


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