The ABC of Divorce
Sesame Street now teaching kids about divorce?
When I was a child, I remembered Sesame Street teaching me my ABC, 1,2,3 and my colours. These days, apart from teaching kids these basics, the show has expanded to embrace more affective topics such as relationships, ethics, and emotions. One such topic (sadly, but probably necessary in this day and age I believe) is the issue of divorce.
Sesame Street now features segments covering a range of social issues affecting children. These include: 'What is Divorce?’ 'Bonding with your new siblings', 'Managing strong feelings' and, 'It’s not your fault'. These and many more divorce-related video clips are available on the Sesame Street website along with 'kit components' for parents, carers and extended family. Clips offer tips and advice on what can be done to explain or ease the divorce process for children.
While I do think that it is sad that a children's show – which is meant to be fun and lighthearted – now addresses such serious issues, the unfortunate reality is that it is now the norm in Western society for children to have divorced or separated parents. There is an entire generation of children that will deal with this event. According to child psychologists, children from ‘broken’ homes are at risk, with statistics skyrocketing for school dropouts, early drug and alcohol consumption, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as they grow older.
Essentially, I strongly support and commend any assistance that children of divorced parents can get to help them through the process.
Separated/divorced parents may think they’re doing it tough, however, I believe the children are doing it tougher. Sometimes parents become too embroiled in their fight or hatred of the other parent during a divorce or separation. I can only remind those parents to step back for a moment and assess how their behaviour or attitude is impacting on their children. Family Law Courts will ask you to do the same and the judge will question you as to whether you are acting in your child’s best interest. If you and your ex-partner can’t reach an agreement and you end up in court, the judge will make those arrangements for you. In doing so, he or she will look at such things as whether your behaviour puts the children in physical or psychological harm and if the children will receive adequate and proper parenting from you so that they can reach their full potential.
Many lawyers simply look at the legal issues in their Family Law matters, however, as highly experienced Family Law accredited specialists, we at Coleman Greig Lawyers not only help you in resolving the legal aspects of your parenting matter, we also adopt a holistic approach.
We take into consideration the social science behind the issues as well as consult with highly regarded child psychologists and experts to ensure that both parents and children gain the best possible result from the family law system.