Friday, 29 May 2015

Life lessons from fairy tales

I recently read an article about how fairy tale’s are harmful to children? - THE MADNESS!
I have very strong feelings about this subject. I am not quite sure why, maybe I feel defensive or protective because when I choose to have children (quite a few years from now) I would like them to have an imagination and to have dreams and aspirations. I want to read them these bedtime stories I admire so much.

When I think of fairytale’s, I envision love and happiness. I also think of the difference between good and evil. Every fairytale has a happy ending, but in reality life never has a happy ending. We live and we die. A sad but true FACT OF LIFE.

This analogy hit me, it’s not the happily ever after that’s important, it’s the story.
Fairytale’s all have life lessons, it may appear to be all about beautiful princesses and princes and a wicked witch but when you consider the meaning behind it, there are some real life lessons. Let me try and explain. In my opinion, we are all beautiful to someone. We are not perfect, we are vulnerable just like the beautiful princesses in the stories. We go through life with hatred and evil around us - death, loss, sadness and heartache which is exactly the same as a fairytale story.

However there is also happiness, love, loyalty, kindness and appreciation, especially for those important people around us, family and friends. The difference between real life and fairytale’s is that they focus on the positive; they focus on moving past the negative and thinking positive, making the best out of a bad situation.  

It’s a shame we aren’t more like that in real life.

The life lessons of fairy tales
A fairytale teaches children the difference between good and evil.
The importance of love and happiness.
How to overcome even the most terrible circumstances.
That good friends are important
That you have to appreciate every day
That you’re a strong person
The meaning of trust
The power of imagination
Hope
Loyalty

I can continue..

Some may say that fairytale’s are damaging children but I think they are empowering them to use their imagination. This super-naturalism or scepticism bullshit that some idiot claims will affect our children is a load of rubbish. Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, I think adults always want someone or something to blame for their child’s behaviour. I agree that fairytale’s do instill a false sense in the supernatural, but it also instills the belief of joy, happiness and dreams.

I welcome the thought that children have something to believe in. Fairytale’s may not be true but they are endearing and innocent. When a child is grown they will realise the true meaning of fairytale’s. But leave them to enjoy the ideals in their own mind. Allow them to imagine and create their own dreams.
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