Fairy tales too scary for your kids?

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My 3 kids grew up on fairy tales, the classics. It was our nightly routine. I’d get home from work and after dinner and shower, I would settle down with the kids to read them a bedtime story (or 2 or 3 😆 ). My kids were around 2+-3 years old at the time but they loved every fairy tale we read and they would eagerly pick out the book they wanted me to read.

But a study by the British TV channel, Watch seems to say that some of the classic fairy tales (as we know them) are just too scary, or could be inappropriate if kids with overactive imaginations took them literally.

In the case of Snow White, the idea of a wicked witch for a stepmother who tries to poison her is perhaps too much for little kids. Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin involve stories about kidnapping, and in The Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf gobbles up a helpless grandmother.

So apparently some parents are ditching these classics. To be honest, I would never have thought of these storylines as a problem. The question never even arose. At least, they make more sense than Teletubbies and Spongebob, just sayin’. Anyhow my kids loved reading these stories over and over, and these books are now part of our prized collection.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a big favorite for us. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve read this book!

So how do you feel about the classics? Would/do you read them to your kids? What do your kids read?

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8 Comments

  • ThaiHoa Burroughs

    I love the classics but my daughter does not like to watch Snow White. She loves The Lion King, Nemo, Madagascar. She is two by the way. She doesn’t like Dumbo or Beauty and The Beast. I am assuming that some of it is too scary. I myself did not like The Princess and The Frog. I thought the black magic voodoo stuff was very inappropriate and too dark and scary for her age.

  • Natalie

    I have 6 kids between the ages of 28 and 13. I read fairy tales to them from the time they were little babies until they took over reading themselves. Never once did they have nghtmares having to with them. Now scary crap on TV maybe. I think who ever wrote that probably was full of it. Natalie from Bridget’s Daughter

    • Clairity

      Well said. Mine never had nightmares either. That’s why classics are called classics. Generations of kids have grown up reading them. If a particular story scares them, there’s still plenty of other good ones to choose from. No idea what the big deal is either.

  • thinkellen

    One of my favourites as a child was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty!! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it very often; my younger brother said the dragon was too scary.

    As he got older, he started saying more and more movies were “too scary” …until it seemed that he was just putting it on in order to get his pick of the movies. I don’t know when one started and the other ended!