University of Denver

Sesame Street Counsels Kids About Divorce for the First Time

IAALS Intern

After an unsuccessful attempt in 1992 to cover the topic of divorce, Sesame Street has debuted a 13-minute, online segment entitled, "Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce," that shows a pink fairy, known as Abby Cadabby, discussing her parents' divorce. This segment, which will not be aired on TV, aims to "tackle divorce directly, in a way producers hope is accessible, understandable and, well, not quite so scary." The segment hopes to fill the void and act as a resource for parents of preschool-aged children who need a tool to help their children handle the transitions that come with divorce.