Fairy tale characters are often said to scare kids. For example, in the original story of Rapunzel the prince is blinded by the witch. This might be a little scary for a very young child. But you can always tell him an edited version of it. And such stories can, maybe, be avoided at bedtime and instead be told during the day. Use your judgment as a parent but don’t take it away from the kid’s life completely.
3. A Little Exaggerated
Fairy tales for kids sometimes exaggerates. All step mothers might not be bad. Due to this there are many families out there who feel stories like Cinderella should not be told. They think that talking about Cinderella was treated like a slave will corrupt the innocent minds.
4. Clear Cut Roles
You start reading a fairy tale and you know who the good is and who the bad character is. But in real life that’s not always the case. Shades of grey exists. Fairy tales, however, don’t permit a child to understand this concept. This inability to be empathetic towards characters other than the protagonist can crossover to a child’s life as well. Like the ‘evil’ witch, there can be an ‘evil’ bully.
All said when it comes to telling fairy tales, I think I shall stick with Einstein. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” After all kids do need to learn that life isn’t always fair. And neither is it always easy. How one tackles the tough times to experience joy thereafter is a very important lesson for children. And for us adults too.
Here is a general categorization of fairy tales for kids that can be told to kids depending on their age.