"I'll still be able to see the moon,
just like you"
father tells Elmo"
It is extremely difficult for moms and dads in military families to tell their little ones they are leaving for a very long time and prepare them; this is so difficult, many families do not quite know what to do. Many parents are concerned they will say the wrong thing and frighten their children. What's a parent to do?
Who should come to the rescue? ...
No, he is not a knight in shining armor and No, he is not dressed in a military uniform. Elmo is a part of
Yes, Elmo, the character from Sesame Street and
Talk, Listen, Connet:
Helping Families During Military Deployment.
Elmo, through Sesame Street, Wal-Mart Stores, the New York State Office of Mental Health and Military Child Education Coalition, have partnered to create FREE kits to military familes. The kit includes a Sesame Street DVD, a Parent/Caregiving Magazine and a Children's Activity Poster.
Military families can receive a free bilingual kit to help them cope with feelings, challenges, and concerns experienced during the various phases of deployment:
Talk, Listen, Connect is available through all yhe branches of the military service. Copies can be requested or downloaded online at www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc .