The discussion on Family Scholars gave me a chance to think about how we support young people who are cobabitating.
There is many new studies of military families with some special attention divorce rates among military couples and the stress experienced by these families. Here is a list of some of the most recent studies as of December 2012.
Sesame Workshop has just released a new set of resources, called Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce to help parents to their young children (ages 2-8) about divorce issues. There are both interesting online and hands-on materials.
This is part of a series of programs created by Sesame Workshop to focus on fostering resilience in young children. This work was commissioned and supported by the US Defense Department to support military families.
The Divorce materials include:
- A new Sesame Street DVD, featuring the Muppets and real families, that highlights strategies around expressing emotions and how to talk to children about divorce;
- A Parent/Caregiver Guide providing helpful resources, language and advice for discussing divorce with children and helping them navigate changes;
- A Children’s Storybook, Two-Hug Day, about a young boy named Niko who is transitioning between his parents’ two homes, and
- An online toolkit at sesamestreet.org/divorce providing access to all project resources, as well as additional online-only materials:
- An Extended Family & Friends tip sheet
- Webinars and online discussion sessions giving service providers and families a thorough understanding of how to engage with their families and communities
- A Facebook page called Sesame Street in Communities connecting our online community to Sesame’s resiliency messages and materials.
- A mobile app: Sesame Street: Divorce, featuring resources and tools for parents and caregivers; available on the App Store (SM) and Google Play ™.