By: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTTalking to kids about tough topics can be daunting for both parents and caregivers, as well as helping professionals alike. We can sometimes be afraid of making it worse when we talk about tough issues with kids in that we might make it scarier or more traumatic for them. And because not knowing how to talk about these topics with kids, we often don’t bring them up or don’t effectively communicate.
Luckily there are resources like Sesame Street in Communities to pull from when we are having a hard time talking to kids. The goal of Sesame Street in Communities is to make a difference by helping kids and families grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Several of the topics that are explored on their website include: issues of community violence, parental incarceration, dealing with divorce, homelessness, handling emergencies, grief, processing traumatic experiences, and resilience.
Other topics that Sesame Street in Communities covers focus on keeping kids healthy and education. These include eating and staying healthy, exercise, and the importance of playtime. Resources also include ways to talk about emotions, sharing, family bonding, and other health issues like asthma and autism. Finally, the educational side is what Sesame Street has always been known for in almost 50 years of programming. These include reading, writing, science and math and other skills like building language and financial education.
Sesame Street in Communities provides tons of great resources for parents and caregivers, as well as for service providers working with children. For providers, there are training videos, webinars, and online courses geared towards professional development. All of these resources are free and new content is added continually to help meet the needs of the communities that helping professionals serve.
Want more info on Sesame Street in Communities and Sesame Workshop? Then sign up for our Kids Serve Too webinar series, a collaboration between the Military Families Learning Network and Sesame Street for Military Families. This free, online series also provides free CEUs for each webinar in the series. Find out more at and sign up for our emailing list here.
This post was written by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.