A Time for Fairy Tales
Reproduced, with kind permission, from www.puntofamiglia.net
It’s time to recover the use of storytelling and fairy tales in our children’s educational journey. Telling a story means inspiring awe, “creating openness towards knowledge.” Let’s begin tonight: once ready for bed, let’s accompany our children into the golden world of fairies, dwarves, and princesses.
Who among us has never been moved before the desperate cries of the seven dwarves who thought they had lost their sweet Snow White forever? Or who was not annoyed by Cinderella’s stepmother and cruel stepsisters? Fairy tales form part of our childhood. They evoke the sweet voices of mom and grandma, who would tell us stories at nightfall, at a time when the television hadn’t yet taken its place of honor in our families’ homes. And how truly sweet was the sound of those voices.
Let’s try to find appropriate times in our families for telling our children stories: fairy tales, fables, or stories from our own childhood. The important thing is to create a relationship that allows your child to diffuse any fears and worries he might have, and to immerse him in a world where his imagination can be developed and his emotions reinforced.