Parenting: Difficult Conversations

Parenting: Difficult Conversations
Is Santa Claus real? What happened to the cat? Why is that kid’s skin color different? Raising children means facing tough questions. Sesame Workshop’s child development experts have 50 years of experience with giving answers. They help us handle three sensitive subjects: magic, race, and death.

Be Honest And Concrete: Tips For Talking To Kids About Death
May 28 • 24 min
Whether it’s a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. We revisit the Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, which provides a master class in talking about death…
What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary
Jan 10 • 26 min
Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at…
Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?
Nov 28, 2019 • 18 min
When it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. Here’s what to do when kids start asking tough questions.
Special Announcement From Life Kit
Nov 25, 2019 • 1 min
Life Kit is excited to bring you more episodes but we’re making some changes to how we organize things. Starting in the new year, this three-part guide will disappear, but all of the episodes will still be available — they are just moving to our main Life…
‘We Wanted To Show Children Real Life’: Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano
May 31, 2019 • 18 min
Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character on TV mirrored many of Manzano’s real-life milestones, like marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria’s wedding on the show). She also wrote for…
‘What If We Lived In Two Houses?’ Talking Kids Through Divorce
Apr 26, 2019 • 22 min
Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition.
The Problem With Toy Guns And Princesses
Apr 26, 2019 • 26 min
Whether it’s mini-makeup kits, gross-smelling slime or semi-automatic foam-dart guns, every parent or caregiver has fielded requests for toys that they’re just not that into. Here’s when you should worry.
Talking Race With Young Children
Apr 26, 2019 • 20 min
Even babies notice differences like skin color and hair texture. Here’s how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.