My view on this is quite simple: It’s all about the starting point that fairytales are made-up stories, written almost always as a way of exploring the shadow side of human nature and behavior. They are useful because they can prompt conversation, questions, and discussion of situations and issues that our children need to know about in order to develop into moral, critical and thoughtful individuals. The problem arises, presumably when they are viewed merely as stories to be told and then not talked about, i.e. left with the child to make sense of on their own.
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