“Once upon a time…”
The quintessential modern genius, Einstein, had some surprising advice on intelligence.
“If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
When Albert Einstien preaches about intelligence, we must take it seriously!
We all love the alluring and spell-binding world of fairy tales. Whether it is outsmarting the villains, slaying dragons or cherishing happily ever afters, fairy tales shape deep fears and dreams about life through fantasy. Children also get hooked on to these out of the ordinary tales of trolls, kings and witches! Psychologist Sally Goddard Blythe affirms that fairy tales teach a lot to children about life, and give them key imaginary experiences that shape them throughout their lives. The black-and-white nature of fairy tales imparts valuable life lessons, especially around behaviour and basic morality. We have laid down some of the most essential reasons to use fairy tales as a multifaceted tool to stimulate smart thinking and make children confident problem solvers and avid readers.
Life as we know it
It takes a lot to make children understand the hardships of life. Life is a struggle, and what better way to teach them about life than reading fairy tales? The simplistic, black-and-white narratives of these stories don’t sugar coat the nitty-gritties of life. They present life as it is: tough and full of hardships. Nevertheless, these stories also demonstrate that despite challenges and adversities good things happen to the Bravehearts who never give up!
Persistence is the way
“Even though life is grim and you may be scared and afraid, don’t give up!”
Fairy tales teach you one thing: courage, persistence and wit can help the meek overcome the strongest obstacles and conquer anything.
Gender neutrality The beauty of fairy tales is that they portray both boys and girls as heroes. Fairy tales endorse that with tenacity, anyone can overcome the impossible and live to tell the tale. One doesn't need to be overly strong or extremely beautiful to be a hero (or heroine).Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Wild Swans and Beauty and the Beast are some of such stories that portray a mix of heroes and heroines.
Fairy tales have multiple layers of meaning. Every story is narrated in a way that a child can connect with their life experiences. When they read the same story at different stages of their life, they acquire a new sense of direction from the narrative. For every child, the deepest meaning of a fairy tale is unique to their personality.
It is a given that fairy tales are extremely entertaining. Where else would you find all the hocus pocus, frogs turning into princes, princes climbing up someone’s golden tresses, talking beasts and much more? Children love these exhilarating page-turners and escaping into a world of bamboozle boosts their creativity.
Fairy tales are magical and full of wonder. The idea is not to teach children that if they are exceptionally well behaved and follow all the rules, good things will happen to them. The magic in these stories plays a crucial role in every child’s development and help them face the world head-on by providing tools to handle and overcome challenges.