Kids are little people learning to deal with big feelings: anger, fear, anxiety, powerlessness. Fairy tales are full of nasty villains and terrifying monsters, and simpletons and downtrodden children who win out over them in the end. Most children I know love to be scared and definitely have their dark sides. Allowing them to explore those scary feelings through fairy tales has got to be helpful for them.
On this topic, I think G.K. Chesterton said it best:"Fairy tales do not give a child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon."Which implies that the tales are good for children, unless, I suppose, one would prefer they believed in invincible dragons.Also, 876.
I think this is a great conversation topic. Fairy tales are as varied as the children who read/listen to/watch them, so it's impossible to simplify them. It depends on the kid and the story! I am in favor of letting kids be exposed to things, and then talking to them about it when they have questions, rather than trying to keep them sheltered from every little thing.723! :)
I do not have kids myself (yet), but I believe with the enchantment and diversity of fairy tales, there are definitely stories I would pass on to my children. They are full of life experiences and journeys and although they may not exactly relate to life today I believe that children should be able to enjoy them. As long as they’re being told to and explained by a guardian because we will all have to tell our children sometimes “now that’s not exactly how real life is”. Fairy tales create more growth for imagination in children. The Disney stories seem to be how America wants their stories to be portrayed to their children, almost a comfortable story that they don’t mind letting their children watch. I believe not exposing these original tales to our children is kind of misleading to what they are really watching. With the exception of certain, gruesome stories that some children may not be able to fathom. I guess the real question is, when do we cross the line?Ruth S.