Impact of fairy tales on children

Many of us have been charmed by the magical world of fairy tales. Be it Cinderella, Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, Thumbelina, the princess and the frog, fairy tales always have the capacity to capture the reader’s mind. Many girls dream of a prince charming coming to marry them, while the guys dream of a lovely wife. This sounds good in stories, but does that help children?  Yes, it does.

Let us see how fairy tales can help children:

  1. Fairy tales portrays various emotions (happiness, anger, frustration, patience etc) , kinds of people (good and bad, helpful etc) and situations, which can be seen in our daily life, in a simplistic and easy to understand method.
  2. It unleashes a child’s creativity. For example – when we read the story of Cinderella, our mind wanders off to a world where we actually visualize Cinderella and her step-sisters with their mother and so on.
  3. Children learn to identify good from bad. Many fairy tales centers around the concept of good and bad, where good triumphs over bad. Children learn that bad deeds are not going to fetch them success while only good deeds will.
  4. Parents always want to protect their children from all kinds of evil and this can be achieved only when awareness is created. Postponing the teaching of such aspects to a time when they are able to understand may be a little late. On the contrary, fairy tales explain evil in a very subtle tone, which not only creates awareness but also does not scare them.
  5. Fairy tales convey moral behavior to children, thus helping a child to identify and use them appropriately in their life.
  6. Fairy tales equip the child to face many situations which may arise in life. Children tend to remember fairy tales even when they grow old, thus enabling them to use the information in those fairy tales to solve their present day problems.

Fairy tales are a part of every child’s life and it teaches many aspects of life. Not only does it relax the child but also helps them grow to be better people in life.

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