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Gives Family Law Lawyers Tools to Share with Parents and Clients
Orange County family lawyer, B. Robert Farzad, knows all too well how difficult it is for parents to talk with their young children about divorce. That is why he was thrilled to read that several days ago, Sesame Street took the courageous and necessary move by creating videos for parents and children on the subject of divorce.
The official Sesame Street press release states, in part: “Each year about 1.5 million children confront the divorce of their parents, a transition that can be challenging for the entire family, especially young children. While 40% of families experience this, there are few resources to show children they are not the only ones with big questions and feelings about divorce..."
In response to this news, Mr. Farzad has published an article about the Sesame Street divorce videos. He intends to spread the word. His goal is to get the message out to parents and colleagues about these resources.
“This is necessary and long overdue,” states attorney, B. Robert Farzad. “To have tools and resources like Sesame Street to which both parents and children attach a badge of trust means this difficult road can be better paved and doesn’t have to be the unspoken secret that weighs on kids‘ minds and is allowed to fester,” Mr. Farzad explains.
The Orange County family lawyers intend to share these videos with existing and all new clients who have children between the ages of 2 and 8.
“The parents will decide how and when to approach their children about this difficult subject. However, we feel it is important that we provide our clients with this resource, if they don’t already know about it. Anything we can reasonably do to help the children in this regard, we will do,” Mr. Farzad states.
Sesame Street has provided its thought process behind these videos and explains this in their in-depth look at the effort to tackle this issue of divorce. Their statement starts with a clear vision:
“Since its inception Sesame Street has been committed to tackling the challenges that young children face, no matter how difficult or unorthodox it may be to discuss those topics with children. With this commitment in mind, Sesame Workshop is taking on the subject of divorce, an emotional trial many children go through. Yet many parents are uncertain how to reassure or even explain what is going on to their children.”
Mr. Farzad believes those that criticize Sesame Street’s inclusion of this topic in their videos completely miss the point and he discusses this specific issue in his article.
“These videos don’t promote divorce and this is not a moral issue. Divorce happens. It’s a part of life. Sesame Street has, true to its roots, given parents tools to explain this subject to their children, just as they have had episodes on other difficult or sensitive subjects,” Mr. Farzad states.
Mr. Farzad hopes to see his fellow family law practitioners share these videos. That is why he believes, “this has nothing to do with advocacy. This is about caring for your clients, as fellow parents, and their children, who will likely one day have kids of their own. We all know the effects of divorce on families and how children can be negatively effected if the parents don’t handle the communication and process well. Here is one more tool to help avoid that.”
About the firm: Farzad & Mazarei are Orange County family lawyers. The law firm is located in Santa Ana, California. B. Robert Farzad is an attorney and president of the law firm.