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Sesame Street takes on divorce to help kids

For 40 years the beloved children's television program Sesame Street has helped kids learn how to count, sing and adopt valuable social skills. Now the show will help kids overcome a more difficult challenge: overcoming their parents' divorce.

Sesame Street has released a series of web videos that feature a character whose parents are divorced. Abby Cadabby sings about having two separate houses where she stays with each parent and explains divorce to her friends. Most importantly, she shows young viewers whose parents are divorced that they are not alone.

Apparently Sesame Street tried to address the issue of divorce back in 1992 by having Snuffleupagus' parents split up. At the time, however, divorce was more rare than it is today and it upset young children so much that some broke into tears. Perhaps because of this, the new videos on divorce are only available online.

The show's decision to take up divorce illustrates its growing prevalence and acceptability. Couples are two and a half times more likely to divorce now than they were when Sesame Street tried to introduce divorce to the show 20 years ago. People divorce four times as much than they did 50 years ago.

In order to continue reflecting changing attitudes about marriage and families, some people have suggested that Sesame Street introduce stepparents or same-sex parents to the show. In the future, children may be able to see examples of all types of families on the program.

Divorce is tough on kids and on their parents but you don't need to go through it alone. If you are considering a divorce or currently going through the divorce process it is wise to speak with an experienced family law attorney. They can work with you to understand your unique family situation and protect your personal and financial interests.

Source: FOX31, "'D' is now for 'Divorce' on Sesame Street," Tammy Vigil, Dec. 13, 2012

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