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  • Writer's pictureValerie

Why are fairy tales important?

Einstein seems like he would have been a fun person to know. He has so many

witty quotes and ideas. I would guess that most people didn’t know what to do with him. Reminds me a bit of my oldest. Square peg in trying to fit in a round hole. But the following quote is one of my favorite by Einstein.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.

But what is it about fairy tales that are so inspiring, intelligent building, and essential to children?

Fairy Tales, Parables, and Stories are such a rich part of our literary history. They also hit on what most public speakers use to influence their listeners.

We are human beings relate to and remember more a story than facts and to do lists. If you look back at my post in November 2020- The Benefits of Reading, I talked about how ‘children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.”

Fairy Tales connect us to history, teach us lessons, morals, and give us confidence to face our own world.

Over on the Inspiration Soup blog, blogger Melissa Taylor, lists eight reason Fairy Tales are essential for Childhood. Here is her list:

1) Fairy Tales Show Kids how to handle problems.

2) Fairy Tales build motional Resiliency

3) Fairy Tales give us a Common Language

4) Fairy Tales cross cultural boundaries

5) Fairy Tales Teach Story

6) Fairy Tales Develop a Child’s Imagination

7) Fairy Tales give opportunities to teach Critical thinking skills

8) Fairy Tales Teach a Moral

See more of Melissa’s explanations here.

From Crisis Magazine, Susan Spencer states in her article The Importance of Fairy Tales to Christian Children, “Children are drawn up into the story and then they act them out. They know that the fairy tales are not actually part of real life, but they love to think about them and imagine with them. The stories also often contain great moral value, teaching children a lesson about how to be virtuous, good manners, or simply what makes a person good or bad. Fairy tales do this better then a modern tale, since they tend to not water down consequences, but exaggerate them to make the point more clear. Children love this. Fairy tales have been passed down through the generations, first orally, and later committed to writing. These tales are rooted in history and tradition as they tie us to those who came before. When children learn the stories, they are learning to conserve and know about the past. They care about what happened “once upon a time.” The fairy tales draw them into the community that is all of humanity.” (SOURCE)

There are some out there that think fairy tales are out of date, but more on that next week.


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