There are lots of traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes we read to our kids, but are they really great to expose your kids to at such a young age? I have always been able to edit a bit, but now my toddler is reading so I can’t avoid the words.
I’ll have to admit, though. We’ve recently read the “Gingerbread Man,” and I was afraid as I kept reading of how he would react. I totally forgot about the fox eating him until we were half-way through the story. I thought about stopping, but my son was so into it.
So, as the fox ate the Gingerbread Man, I laughed and read the last line “that’s what a Gingerbread Man is for.” I looked to my son with fear to see his reaction. He just laughed along, too. I said, “The fox got to eat the cookie!” My son then told me that he wanted a Gingerbread Man cookie.
Now this story is one of his favorites, and over the holidays we made Gingerbread Man cookies to go along with the theme. Crisis averted … my son’s life was not traumatically changed by the story.
But I don’t quite think he is ready for “Hansel and Gretel.” How do I explain a witch who eats children?
This article explains how fairy tales were meant for adults. I have not yet seen the new show “Grimm,” but have gotten into “Once Upon A Time.” Both are adult shows about fairy tales. I make sure I watch “Once Upon A Time” after my 3-year-old has gone to sleep. With some of the material, and a very scary-looking Rumplestiltskin, I think I could even have nightmares!
What do you think about traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes? Share any good or bad experiences below.