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WHY DO KIDS NEED FAIRY TALES?


Don’t believe in fairy tales. They were the truth.

Stanislav Ezhy Lets


As soon as your child was born, you probably started to think about their development, how you’d envision their upbringing, and the ways to make their life as fulfilling as possible. Do you know what the most fulfilling thing can be?

A fairy tale!

Fairy tales play an important role in a child’s growth. They are the things that allow a child to see how relationships develop and the way people interact with one another. Through the vivid description of images and adventures happening in every story, a child is unconsciously learning while listening to, being entertained by or reading fairy tales. Vocal inflections and the pace of reading allow a child to be engaged and attentive rather than lulled to sleep. This will also help them remember particular sounds and eventually particular words, and will begin to enhance and develop a baby’s memory as well as attention span.

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Psychologists say that fairy tales also play an important role in the development of a child’s creativity and imagination. Children will also learn the distinction between “good and evil” through the lessons found in fairy tales.

Let’s answer the question simply, “Why do kids need fairy tales?”

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1. Fairy tales teach children how to cope with difficulties
In every fairy tale a character is faced with common life problems and difficulties much like the situations we all face in reality. Children learn the foundational skills of how to overcome and cope with these issues when reading fairy tales.

2. Develop emotional stability
Children will also learn to accept that no one is immune from experiencing difficulties or sudden dangers. Psychologists believe that it is essential children understand life circumstance before they face them in real life. It is also considered that completely protecting a child from negative information limits their development and understanding of the world and it’s imperfections. From this point of view, fairy tales are the perfect option.


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3. Teach children to talk and develop proper speaking habits
While listening to fairy tales a child’s vocabulary develops and they begin to understand how to speak in a correct manner such as forming complete sentences using clauses and proper expression.

4. Form critical thinking skills
Psychologists insist that fairy tales should be discussed and analyzed by children after reading. This discussion about characters and events helps a child understand that life events can be seen from different points of view.


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You should use all of the power and possibilities of fairy tales! The children who listened to and read fairy tales in their childhood, and discussed them with their parents, are more adaptable to life and become much more creative than the average person. You should also take your child’s reaction to the tales into consideration to address any fears or concerns they may have. Analyzing how they feel and talking about it will help your child cope with the real challenges of adult life, and it will help you understand your child even better!


Psychologist Valentina Shapovalova.