But interspersed with the silliness and alphabet learning, the show also tackled difficult issues. Take, for instance, when the actor who played the shopkeeper Mr. Hooper died in 1982. Sesame Street chose to address his death head-on. When Big Bird asks the grownups on the show where he went, they don’t mince words: They explain that he is gone forever, but it will be okay. This was a brave plot decision for a show that targets preschoolers. advertisement advertisement “Sesame Street has always been real-world,” says Sherrie Westin, EVP of global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show. “It’s not a fantasy, it’s not a fairy tale. One of the things that sets us apart is respecting children and dealing with real-world issues from a child’s perspective.” Related: How Sesame Street Taught Kids About Emotions Long Before Schools Caught On Over the last few decades Sesame Street … [Read more...] about How Sesame Street Explains The Toughest Parts Of Life
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A British royal navy vessel has joined the search for the remains of a Chilean military plane that crashed en route to Antarctica. HMS Scott arrived today in the Southern Atlantic Ocean in a bid to help in the international search effort to find the remaining wreckage of the Hercules C-130 plane that disappeared on Monday. The ship is equipped as a specialist ocean survey vessel and the crew will support the search and rescue tasks, the ministry of defence said. Remains of people killed in the military plane crash that claimed the lives of all 38 on board were flown to a military base in Chile for identification on Friday. Some of the wreckage, including the craft's landing gear, was also found on Thursday, but much of the plane has jet to be recovered. Thirty-eight people - 21 passengers and 17 crew - were on the plane headed to a base across the Drake Passage in the Antarctic. That rough waterway links the Atlantic and Pacific. Military personnel unloading a Chilean … [Read more...] about British naval ship joins the search for doomed Chile military plane after it crashed on its way to Antarctica
Say the words 'little donkey' and you can't help but think of the adored Nativity carol. But if you've ever wanted your very own little donkey, now is the time. Spurred on by the likes of Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon, who has two, a growing number of women are adopting Miniature Mediterranean donkeys, which originate from Sardinia and Sicily. With a maximum height of 36in at the withers — around that of a toddler — and weighing 200-400lb (half that of a normal donkey), they're known for their gentle, curious and playful natures. SADIE NICHOLAS meets five women whose little donkeys are definitely not just for Christmas . . . Watch out for their tantrums! Mini mokes: Julia walking Maverick (left) and Bertie Julia Blazer, 52, is the founder of experience company Good Day Out. She lives in the Brecon Beacons with husband David, 67, an artist, and miniature donkeys Maverick, Goose and Bertie. Julia says: As a child I used to send my pocket money … [Read more...] about Meet the dinky donkeys! At barely 3ft high, these are the petite pets who can turn any family home into a real-life Nativity scene
TV's Steph and Dom Parker, 52 and 54, draw on their 21 years of marriage to solve your relationship problems... Q I'm 42 and have been dating my boyfriend for 18 months. It's got quite serious, and he has asked me to come to his parents' house for Boxing Day with his whole family. I haven't met them yet, so it's a big deal. But for the past three or four months, I've been having doubts about the relationship. He is nice, treats me very well and has a good job. But something just isn't sitting right with me. I keep hoping my feelings will change, and I feel terrible every time he tells me how much he loves me — I say it back, but I don't really mean it. So I've decided I need to end it. The question is do I do this before or after Christmas? I don't want to lead him on by meeting his family and hurt him even more. Is it selfish for me to tell him now and ruin Christmas for him? What if he buys me a big present, or an engagement ring? What should I do? An anonymous reader … [Read more...] about Steph & Dom solve your sex, love & life troubles: Can I dump my partner this close to Christmas?
It was mid-afternoon on a Friday when full-time worker and mother of two, Mia Greves, realised "something probably had to give". She took off from work to retrieve her little girl, Georgia, now five, from childcare and take her to dance class before returning Georgia to childcare and herself to the office. On her way back into work in the corporate affairs team at Medibank, Ms Greves realised she was one bag short. "I had my laptop bag and my handbag, but the ballet bag must have slipped off the seat on the tram – with $150 worth of of toddler ballet gear in it. "It was a real wakeup call that ... I can't do everything." READ MORE:Menstrual leave as a workplace right divides womenDad's the word on parental leave'A full-time role in part-time hours': the truth about flexible work It's a tableau many a flat-out working parent – especially mothers, as statistically it is still mainly Australian mothers who manage "the juggle" – would recognise, and one that was … [Read more...] about Australian mother knew ‘something had to give’ on work-life balance, she’s not alone