The Enduring Power of Fairytales for Kids

“If you want your kids to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

—Albert Einstein

Fairy tales, of course, have been with us for a long time. Sharing them is a tradition often passed down from one generation to another, but did you know the power that these stories can have on children?

Fairy Tales Show Kids How to Handle Problems

We learn from the characters in stories, even as adults. They help us because we connect to our own lives, dreams, anxieties, and consider what we would do in their shoes. Fairy tales help children learn how to navigate life.

Fairy Tales Build Emotional Resiliency

Fairy tales show real life issues in a fantastical scenario where most often the hero triumphs. They allow children to discover in a safe environment that no one in life is immune from challenges.

Fairy Tales Cross Cultural Boundaries

Many cultures share common fairy tales like Cinderella, with their own cultural flavor. We read the versions and know we all share something important, the need to make sense of life with story, and the hope for good to triumph over evil.

Fairy Tales Teach Story

Fairy tales are understanding the basics of story — setting, characters, and plot (rising action, climax, and resolution) as well as the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Once a child understands story, it supports his ability to make predictions and comprehend other stories he’s reading.

Fairy Tales Give Parents Opportunities to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

Perhaps you disagree with a message in a fairy tale. Reading that fairy tale is the perfect opportunity to open the discussion with your kids. Exposure to different ideas and guided conversations help your kids learn to evaluate what they read and think for themselves.

Host a Party with a Purpose!

Fairytales and Cocktails Party is a grown-ups only gathering that promises delightful drinks, stress-free shopping and scintillating conversation!

We’ll talk more about why fairy tales have endured and are still so valuable for children today. Your experienced Ambassador can make personalized suggestions for Barefoot books and gifts that will delight the kids in your guests’ lives. Go ahead and treat yourself and your friends to a fabulous girls’ night out with your Barefoot Books Ambassador.


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