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Sesame Street made a video, but it's not cute and it's not funny. It's just heart-wrenching.

When we think about prison, how often do we think about those left behind?

Sesame Street made a video, but it's not cute and it's not funny. It's just heart-wrenching.
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Sesame Workshop, the people behind "Sesame Street" (yes, that "Sesame Street!") got a group of young filmmakers who also have had a parent in prison together and asked them to talk about kids of incarcerated parents and visitation in prisons.


...which also means that we incarcerate more parents than anywhere else in the world.

If you think of a classroom as being about 28 kids ... there's one child in there with an incarcerated parent.

It's a traumatic thing, having a parent in prison. But there is *one* thing that helps the child:

Visiting their parent in prison.

Most importantly...

Being apart from a parent for any period of time is a significant disruption in the a child's life. Which is why it's so important to help children adjust to that separation...

Meet Travis. His mom is incarcerated:

Not being able to be with his mom every day is a pain that stays with him all the time. That's why his visits are so important.

He doesn't just see bars and barbed wire. He knows he's really about to see his mom.

For more stories from these youngsters with more emotional intelligence and grace than I have as an adult, watch the video below.

Now if you'd like to feel *ALL* the emotions, watch Sesame Street's "Little Children, Big Challenges" project. It's such a great way to help kids in this situation feel less alone and more understood.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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