Sesame Street helps kids build healthy relationships

StaceyNHerrera

**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission.

I was saddened when I awakened to the news that Emilio Delgado, a longtime cast member of Sesame Street, had died at the age of 81. Delgado played fix-it shop owner Luis Rodriguez on the show for 45 years.

I was born in the 70s, and Sesame Street was a massive part of my childhood. Luis and Maria (played by Sonia Manzano) were among my favorite characters. To this day, I still remember when they got married.

As technology continues to progress, it may seem like relationships are becoming less personal. That’s why it’s essential to keep your relationships healthy by staying in touch with your partner, family, and friends. 

Spending time doing the things you enjoy together is crucial for maintaining healthy relationships. It can be challenging to find the time, but it’s essential to make an effort.

That’s where Sesame Street comes in. It’s one of the longest-running children’s shows on television. 

For more than 50 years, Sesame Street has been teaching kids about relationships in a way that is both entertaining and educational.

Most of the early episodes of Sesame Street focused on teaching kids about numbers, letters, and other basic concepts. But as the show evolved, relationships became a more central theme. 

In particular, Sesame Street has focused on teaching kids how to build relationships with their families and friends. And they even touch on romantic partnerships and marriage. 

Communication

Sesame Street often focuses on the importance of communication. Kids learn how to share their feelings, listen to others, and resolve conflicts in a healthy way. This is an essential skill to have successful relationships later in life.

Elmo has a bad dream in which he can’t find his mommy in one episode.

In his dream, Elmo meets a monster who tells him that his mommy is probably scared and doesn’t know where he is.

Elmo takes this advice to heart and tells his mom about his dream. Sharing his dream helps Elmo’s mom realize that she needs to spend more time with him and listen to his feelings.

Divorce

Sesame Street also addresses more complex topics such as divorce. 

In another episode, Cookie Monster’s parents get a divorce. At first, Cookie Monster is sad and doesn’t want to see his parents. But with the help of his friends, he eventually learns that he can still have relationships with both of his parents even though they’re not together.

When couples get married, they intend to stay together “til death do us part,” but sometimes that doesn’t work out. And when children are involved, things can get complicated and messy. But Sesame Street teaches children that they can still be a family, even if their parents are divorced. 

Relationships Are Complicated

Sesame Street has been teaching children about relationships since 1969. The show has addressed topics such as marriage, adoption, and death. In 2002, they introduced the character of Abby Cadabby, a little girl who is learning how to use magic.

Abby Cadabby helps kids understand that relationships are in a constant state of evolution. Just like our relationships with family and friends, our relationship with Abby will change as she grows and learns new things.

In one episode, Abby turns her teacher into a monster. After the scare, Abby’s teacher explains that she turned into a monster because she was angry. Abby had accidentally used her magic, and it made her mad.

This episode teaches kids that relationships are complicated. We all make mistakes, and learning to admit and apologize when we’re wrong strengthens connection and improves communication with the people we care about. 

Having Fun

But perhaps the most important thing that Sesame Street teaches kids is how to have fun. 

Relationships can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that you should still enjoy each other’s company. That’s why Sesame Street often features segments where the characters are engaged in fun activities together.

Patience is an important lesson for kids as they learn to share and interact with others. For example, Elmo and Abby Cadabby have a tea party in one episode. While they are having fun, they also learn to be patient with each other and take turns.

So if you’re looking for a way to help your kids develop healthy relationships, look no further than Sesame Street. The show has been teaching kids these essential skills for over half a century, and it will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Intimacy & Relationship coach, writer, and creator of The Sensuality Project. I specialize in Relationship-ing (it's a verb).

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