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Sesame Street has on the air for more than 40 years but they’ve avoided a very touchy subject for all of those years until now.
The long-running children’s show has now decided to tackle the issue of divorce, a topic many kids are now dealing with. However, it won’t be aired on television, rather the show will offer it online to parents who want to use it as a tool for their kids to cope with the major life change.
Abby Cadabby sits with Elmo and Rosita in one scene, where Abby shows the others drawings she made of her two houses – one with her mom and one with her dad. Elmo asks why they don’t all live in one house, and she says because they got a divorce.
Abby explains her parents split up because they had “some grown-up problems, problems they couldn't fix... but they both said they still love [her] very much."
The online initiative also provides a children's book, mobile app, guidebook for parents, and digital tip sheets and webinars.