When I was growing up, Sesame Street was one of my favorite kid shows. I would faithfully tune in every morning to learn a moral lesson from Big Bird, practice my numbers with Count Dracula and learn the importance of friendship with Bert and Ernie.

The program was more than educational, it was a friendly escape. For generations, children have experienced life’s stresses such as divorce, illness, bullying and the loss of loved ones. Parents and caregivers shield children from certain stressful situations, but others are explained with age appropriateness in mind.

Now, Sesame Street has positioned themselves to be another resource to help children cope with trauma. Sesame Workshop is the educational extension of the program with a mission to help families and children deal with life’s challenges. Big Bird and Count Dracula will demonstrate stress relieving techniques such as counting to a specific number, punching a pillow and roaring like a dinosaur. Teaching kids various techniques to cope with stress can help them strengthen their emotional development.

Click http://www.sesameworkshop.org/ to learn more about this innovative program.

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