If not fairy tales, then what?
In my last post, I claimed that “Fairy tales are dead”. So, if we don’t read fairy tales to children, what do we read? How do we develop the creativity and imagination of children? How do we help them in perceiving themselves and the world around them in a positive way?
Well, I wouldn’t have claimed that fairy tales are dead, if we didn’t have greater alternatives instead. If you wish, you can read fairy tales, but I think that there are so many new books out there that could bring so much more to a child. Plus, these are books that can help the parents as well in explaining certain “delicate” topics to their children.
After I launched this blog, a friend of mine recommended me to check out the website “A mighty girl”. What I discovered there, was an endless amount of resources that help parents in developing clever, self-aware and confident children that are ready to face the world with full force.
As I mentioned before, I am not a parent, but there isn’t one day that goes by that I don’t read about child psychology and child development. There isn’t one single day when I don’t think about what I will read to them and what games I will play with them. So, if I’m going to be a parent, here are the books that I plan to read:
Read to your child about adventure and courage:
Read to your child about confidence and self-love.
Read to your child about feelings that are strange to explain and what to do with them.
Read to your child about his/her fears. Teach them to see their fears in a playful way and make them feel secure in regards to monsters, nightmares, insects or anything that might cause them fear.
Teach your child about his/her body. If you don’t know how to say it, these books can!
Teach your child about where babies come from.
Read to your child about unconventional families in order to broaden their mind about the fact that we are all different and that’s ok! Also, read to your child international child stories. The more they hear different names and different traditions, the less they are likely to judge their multicultural school colleagues.
Teach them about meaningful social issues. Instead of reading them about Snow White, why not read to them a true story such as:
If you know any good books, please recommend them below. I am eager to find out your suggestions.
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