Should we read our children Fairy Tales?

"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales." - Einstein

I recently watched Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain talking about her book "Bake Me a Story", which encourages baking alongside traditional fairy tales. or so I thought!

Nadia said that fairy tales gave children nightmares, so she had changed the stories in her book. I have read the classic fairy tales many many times over the years to children in settings and to my own children and now grandchildren. The structure of the fairy tale is there to be used by the child to support their emotional development. We may come across people who remind us, of these characters from fairy tales and as adults can see how the stories prepared us and made us emotionally resilient. 

Fairy tales help children learn how to navigate life. (Bettelheim, B. Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.)

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
― G.K. Chesterton

I believe these stories should not be forgotten or changed as they are part of our culture of storytelling and should be passed on for years to come.

By all means, choose which fairy tales you share with your children, please read them so this tradition is not lost forever.

Do you read fairy tales to your children? Should Grandma really get eaten by the Big Bad Wolf?

Well, I hope the Big Bad Wolf doesn't come visit me!

I am passionate about sharing stories with very young children, I look forward to meeting you soon.