Did you know that Abby Cadabby’s parents are divorced? They are. You won’t hear about it on “Sesame Street”, but Sesame Workshop has created a thoughtful and comprehensive guide for parents to help you help your child through divorce. Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce is just one of many tool kits that Sesame Street has put together online to offer help to families during particularly challenging situations. And like all of the materials created by Sesame Street, it is a rich resource for families and caregivers dealing with the difficult transitions that divorce presents.
The Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce tool kit offers videos featuring some of your favorite Sesame Street characters, songs, printable activities, printable tip sheets for parents and caregivers, and a downloadable storybook called “Two Hug Day.” “Two Hug Day” deals sensitively with the feelings that may arise in kids on days when they switch from Mommy to Daddy’s house, or vice versa. Two-Hug days.
Divorce will ultimately impact 40% of children. We all will, at some point, encounter children who are moving through this difficult transition–be they our own kids, our relatives, or our children’s friends. And at any moment we may be called upon to help a kid negotiate a challenging emotion or situation. It’s just good to know that we aren’t alone in these tough times. That there are resources available to help us help our children. And that those resources come from someone as trustworthy, smart and thoughtful as Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop even has created a Divorce App (available for both iPhone and Android devices), because goodness knows those difficult questions can arise anywhere from in the car to at the ball field and beyond. These resources are designed for families with children ages 2 – 8, are completely free, and can be accessed on the Sesame Street website here.
Thank you Sesame Street. Your partnership in life’s difficult transition is something that families definitely gotta have.
I attended a panel discussion at Sesame Workshop this week and received two Little Children Big Challenges: Divorce kits containing a Sesame Street DVD, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a copy of the “Two-Hug Day” story book. I will happily mail these to the first two readers who request them. Please leave a comment on this post if you would like one and I’ll email you for your address.