Life isn't perfect -- nor is it easy, especially around the holidays. Today's world presents myriad challenges, large and small, each and every day. And while our grown-up problems may weigh on us, we have the experience -- and the perspective -- to realize that this too shall pass. But to a child, even seemingly small issues can feel like the end of the world. And all children have bad days -- even Grover.
But thanks to Sesame Workshop's Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, parents and educators can give children all the resources they need to overcome the challenges they face. Because just as important as learning ABCs and 123s is learning how to become resilient. And Grover and the rest of the Muppets can show them how.
No matter how independent a child may seem, saying goodbye can be the worst part of his or her day. Separating from a parent or caregiver can cause overwhelming emotions such as anxiety and fear that the caregiver will not return. School drop-off can be a particularly distressing experience -- even Elmo finds it difficult to separate from his dad. But there are ways to make the transition a smooth one -- with practice, patience and persistence. When you have concrete strategies and routines with your child about separating, the separation will be much easier for both of you.
Bye, bye for now. I'll see you soon. I'll be back. The time will zoom! You will be fine. You'll have fun, too. And don't forget that I love you!
Or make it into a song -- and sing along with the Muppets.
We tend to think of bullying as a high school problem, but children as young as two can experience mean behavior -- and it can occasionally lead to bullying. Bullying is a specific type of aggressive behavior that includes repeated hitting, kicking, and calling of mean names, as well as excluding. And even Elmo and his friend Chicken have dealt with this challenge, as seen in a video with Glee's Chris Colfer. And while parents can't be with their children every moment of the day, they can equip them with the skills to overcome the challenge of being bullied.
While these issues range in severity, they have one thing in common: they're teachable moments. Each instance of adversity provides an opportunity for adults to empower children to overcome these obstacles. And more importantly, to learn how to overcome them again and again by building the resilience skills that will continue to serve them for years to come. By supporting children's development and growth, we adults can ultimately help them to thrive.
And that's the heart of what we do at Sesame Workshop. We utilize the educational power of media - and Muppets - to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. We're committed to helping young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. And just as important as learning ABCs and 123s is developing resilience -- just ask Grover.