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New Sesame Street Character with an Incarcerated Parent TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
19th Jun '13

Sesame Street has a new character with a dad who is incarcerated. I think its a nice move on their part to put together a tool kit for families that are affected with this issue to help children cope with the hurt, shame, and guilt that can go along with having a parent in prison or jail...



http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/sesame-street-introduces-muppet-dad-jail-article-1.1376845

~The Lunar Flower~ Due January 13; 1 child; Alabama 6738 posts
19th Jun '13

The only opinion I have on this is the parent is in jail for a reason. I don't see how it would ever benefit a child to see a parent in jail on a childrens show because that doesn't teach them its wrong but that it's acceptable. My father was in jail for quite a bit of my life off & on. It makes me wonder where they are going to take this area of the show. Are they going to explain the parent is being punished for a crime?



Edit: I understand children are affected differently from a parent being incarcerated & that it could possibly help some children.

Aura and Luna's Mommy 2 kids; Danville, Indiana 5805 posts
19th Jun '13

Lol I don't know how I personally feel about it.. I guess I don't care really..



My sister posted this on facebook this morning though:
Sister:"Seriously!! Sesame Street has a character that has a parent in jail! What in the hell has America come to!"



and comments to it:
"WHAT?! That's our normal now I guess. Sad to think we teach our children to have such little respect for authority.And I mean we as a society. Cuz ain't none of that going on at your or my house."



"I heard that on the way into work too!! Wth!?!"



and



"To know it. Todays norm"

Momma Perham 2 kids; Florida 7625 posts
19th Jun '13

I heard about this & was confused as to why they wouldn't first have a character who has same sex parents?

TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
19th Jun '13

The character wont be on the tv show. The character was desigend to help families that are affected with this issue. Having a parent is nothing to normalize or to be proud of but its also not fair for the child to have to bare the burdon of guilt, shame, and embarassment or the feeling that no one else understands. The character will be featured on the website with tools for parents so that they can talk with their children with this issue. Think about how hard it must be for a child to understand that "daddy is in jail because he did something very bad but I still love him" Those are big emotions for a child to have to tackle. I believe the tool kit will also be available in some prisons as well.

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
19th Jun '13

I can see how this would be helpful for the parent dealing with the repercussions of the other parent being in jail.

TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
19th Jun '13

Here is the link to the website with the tool kit



http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/incarceration

Gosloving 1 child; Washington 12831 posts
20th Jun '13
Quoting ~The Lunar Flower~:" The only opinion I have on this is the parent is in jail for a reason. I don't see how it would ever ... [snip!] ... I understand children are affected differently from a parent being incarcerated & that it could possibly help some children."


Not everyone that goes to jail is in jail for a horrible crime.



OP, I really don't know how I feel about it. I kind of think it's a good idea. I think, maybe it'll help kids deal with having a parent in jail. Idk.

~The Lunar Flower~ Due January 13; 1 child; Alabama 6738 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Now and Forever:</b>" Not everyone that goes to jail is in jail for a horrible crime. OP, I really don't know how I feel ... [snip!] ... how I feel about it. I kind of think it's a good idea. I think, maybe it'll help kids deal with having a parent in jail. Idk. "</blockquote>



I understand that part but if a childs parent goes to jail for an extended period of time is when I think this would be useful or needed, not for a short period of time for something minor. I guess this topic could be seen in many aspects but if DH were to go to jail for a crime in general I would want DS to understand he went because he did something wrong & that it's ok to be upset & miss him but by serving his time he is doing the right thing