Are Fairy Tales Good for Kids?
Kids have natural fears. Like being less loved than their siblings or losing someone that they love and depended on. Fairy tales allow a child to face these fears within a story and defeat them. It’s like practicing for real life.
Children will identify with the good in the hero and themselves while projecting their bad and fear on the witch or villain in the story. Thus, when the witch dies, so are their fears vanquished.
Hansel and Gretel is a good example. It allows a child to deal with abandonment and the thrill of being on their own in a great, big world. The witch is dealt with and they solve every problem that comes their way. Building confidence that they will be okay stepping out on their own.
Fairy tales are controllable as well. If a child becomes too frightened they can close the book and return to that tale when they are ready to deal with those emotions.
So, help your child defeat their fears and face their emotions. Prepare them for this dark, sometimes harsh world with Fairy Tales.