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Sesame Street Tackles a Tough Topic (VIDEO)

Sesame Street Tackles a Tough Topic (VIDEO)

Sesame Street has been tackling complicated subjects, from adoption to hurricanes to death, since its early days, so it's no surprise that the show has also tried to broach the subject of divorce in a kid-appropriate way. But despite the research that went into its first attempt at a divorce segment two decades ago, it flopped when tested with audiences.

Now the show's makers have tried again, this time with a segment that features the hopeful and happy-go-lucky Abby. Its goals are to teach parents how to talk to their kids about the subject and to help kids understand that it's not their fault.

Watch below to see how Elmo, Abby, and the rest of the cast come to terms with what it means for a child when her parents split.

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Would you show your child a TV show about divorce?

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YellowRose60274 YellowRose60274 3 years
In my family, my husband does not have primary custody of his children, his ex does. However, we are very involved with the children and see them every other weekend, holidays, and for an extended summer visit. I have been around the kids since they were 4 and 18 months, so my relationship is not that of a typical step-parent relationship with older children. For as long as they can remember, I have always been in the picture and always been around for them. In my family, my family members will refer to me by my first name to the children, because that is what they know me by. For people that are not familiar with our family they always refer to me as "mom" and the kids do fine with that too. They are now 7 1/2 and 5 and when we are at functions together as a family, my husband and I introduce them to everyone as "our" children and "our" family, because to us, it is "our" family. We take every step possible to ensure the children know that even though their parents are divorced, that they can still call us their family, because families come from all different backgrounds. When I introduce the kids, I introduce them as my children, never "this is my step-child (name), I feel that is just putting a negative perspective on the child and their family life. It is not anyone's business whether or not I am a step-mother or mother. What matters is how my step-children love me and how they are with me. They love me as if I am a mother, and I would never attempt to take their mothers place, and it is important that they know that. So, I feel it is a personal choice. Whatever works best for your family and whatever you all are comfortable with.
AmandaSetters AmandaSetters 3 years
I think this is a wonderful thing for all children to see. My husband and I are happily married, but If my children had a friend whose parents weren't married this would be a wonderful tool to help explain it to them. Thank you Sesame Street for what you do for our children!
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