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ABBY: Little Children,
Big Challenges. Divorce. GORDON: Hey, guys. ELMO: Oh, hi Gordon. GORDON: Hey, whatcha doin’? ELMO: Oh, drawing pictures. ROSITA: Mm-hm. GORDON: Oh, really? Oh what? ROSITA: Of our homes! ABBY: Yeah, yep, yep. We’re drawing where we live. ELMO: This is a picture
of Elmo’s apartment. ABBY: This one is where I live
with my mommy, and this one is where I live with my daddy. ELMO: But Abby, why
don’t you all live in one house together? ABBY: Well, because my
parents are divorced. ROSITA: Divorced? ELMO: What does divorce mean? GORDON: Well, divorce means that
Abby’s mommy and daddy aren’t married anymore. ELMO: Oh. Elmo doesn’t get it. ROSITA: Me, neither. ABBY: When my mommy and daddy
were married, we all lived together in one house. But then one day, they
told me they had some grown up problems. Problems they couldn’t fix. Mommy and daddy told me that
they decided not to be married to each other anymore. But they said they both still
love me very much. [SINGING] I’ve got big feelings, feelings
jumbled up inside. SINGERS: I’ve got big feelings,
feelings, yeah. BOY: It was hard at first,
because I knew I wasn’t gonna see my dad every day. When I’m sad, I usually talk to
my mom, and she figures out a way to help me understand
what’s happening. GIRL: It was really hard going
through all these changes. Even though my dad
doesn’t live with us anymore, I still– I still love him. Like, he’s always going
to be my daddy. ABBY: I still love my
mommy and my daddy. And they still love me. GORDON: And you know
what, Abby? That’s something that
will never change. ABBY: I know. GORDON: For more information,
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50 thoughts on “Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges – Divorce – Sizzle Reel

  1. It's about time. I think kids deserved to be exposed to divorce being something normal and help them not feel alienated. I remember how hard it was for our family when mum and dad decided to part ways. Thank you, Sesame Street. I'll take this opportunity to also thank you for helping teaching me English (on my arrival to Australia from Latin America), although the bus driver did look at me strange when I used Elmo's or Bert's voice (I thought it was part of the accent)

  2. I was lucky to have experianced divorce at such a young age, that I accepted it as no big deal. Many children who experience diveroce are not lucky, their lives are fundementally changing. A child knowing that its okay to have two homes, with two parents that love them, I see no problem in that.

  3. I cried too. But i think that this is an important subject for children to understand. Divorce has become a normal part of our lives and whether a child's parents are divorced, married, or never where married they should still be able to know what their friends mean if they say that mommy and daddy got divorced.

  4. aww this made me tear up…I'm glad they made this video and I think it was a great idea to put it up online instead of the show so that it's only shown to those who need a little explanation

  5. I'm sitting here in Starbucks. My boy and I watched these videos because a customer saw my boy crying after I gave him the bad news about the divorce. We watched all the videos together. After three hot chocolates and many tissues, my boy left the shop really calm. He said that if a puppet could make it so could he! My boy is 11 and English is his second language. He so got this video! Thank you PBS for a wonderful job well done! When I'm in the States I will donate!

  6. I'm sixteen and my parents are getting divorced. This video speaks to more then just little kids. :'(

  7. I'm going to show this to my little sister, she's six now and was two when our parents got divorced. I'm fifteen now and it makes a lot of sense, as I'm still trying to work it out…

  8. You mentioned in your post, showing this to you sister, as if she could benefit from it. That leads me to wonder whether your parents are divorced and that is why you want her to see it. I am sure that a lot of children could benefit from it whether divorce was part of their lives or not.

  9. as someone who had a dad who was in jail when i was 6 and parents going through a divorce when i was 12, i gotta say

    thanks, yo

    i wish these episodes were around when i was a kid

    i may be 21 years old but i still love this show to death!

    also, i like how you guys talk about these issues head-on, and not just pussy foot around them.

  10. Life sucks. My good friend has begun dating a 10 simply because 60 days back he signed up to an internet site named Master Attraction (Google it if you'd like to know more.) I'm so green with envy since I wish to fall madly in love too. I'm going to check out this Jake Ayres guy's emails. Strange point is, he previously had no success with women. How can you improve that quickly? His girl's a fucking model…

  11. Life sucks. My buddy has started seeing a ten because 8 weeks ago he registered to an internet site called Master Attraction (Google it if you desire to learn more.) I'm jealous because I want to fall in love as well. I'm gonna take a peek at this Jake Ayres man's emails to find out if it might help a person like me. Bizarre thing is, he previously had Zero luck with women. How can you change that rapidly? His lady's a fucking model!

  12. I admire Sesame Street for tackling this serious issue, but did they really need to have it centered around Abby? There are two reasons why this doesn't make sense to me:
    1. Abby doesn't have much of a personality, so it makes it hard to sympathize with her. First Sesame Street brings her in to be a token chick, a role already filled by both Rosita and Zoe, and now they want to make her the token kid whose parents are divorced. It's fine if they want to give Abby more development, but maybe they should give her an actual personality instead of just making her a token.
    2. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Abby's mother a fairy godmother? Wouldn't it make more sense for her to use magic to solve their "grown-up problems" than to spend time and money on a divorce? Couldn't she just wave her wand and make Abby's father a better husband? It's fine if Sesame Street wants to portray real-world problems, but they shouldn't do it with fantastical creatures.

  13. @Andrew2801881 Me too andrew. I really appreciate it. It just seems like he really
    doesnt want to be with me from what assumptions I am
    making but I just need to play it cool as it says.Now,
    everybody wants us to get back now.:))

  14. Wait a minute, not to be offensive, but there's one thing about this that doesn't make sense. Sesame Street back then already tried to show kids about divorce, where Snuffy's dad got a divorce, but that episode never aired because kids found it too upsetting, so If that didn't work, why did they try to do it again? I guess they needed to get that subject out of their system to let children know, but don't worry, I'm not criticizing, I just don't get it, that's all. 

  15. Why does this have so many dislikes? Is it because of Abby? Like, I don't really have much of a reason to watch this show anymore, but I like the fact that it's teaching kids about stuff that's really important.

  16. they forgot to mention how the dad leaves forever gets 80 billion new girlfriends and has a billion daughters and owes a million dollars in child support

  17. I don't remember what it was like when my mom first got divorced, I mean, its just always been Daddy lives in Florida and Mommy and I don't. But when my mom broke up with her 10 year boyfriend, it really sucked. We moved away and rented a house and now we live with our 2 dogs in a cute little neighbourhood. I still see him and we hang out but its hard.

  18. After sesame street's biggest failure in divorce in 1992, they're finally glad to get this out of the way by using a character everyone loves.. Just like Abby, I live in two houses.

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