In my life experience, I’ve learned the power of reading.
Since I have been living away from my GrandChildren, I’m always thinking of things that I will do with them, when I have the opportunity to spend with them. Because I’ve learned the power of reading, I’ve decided that I will read with them as much as possible. Once I made that decision, I had to decide what to read. Then I thought about the life lessons that dwell in fairy tales.
Because I have a strong sense for empathy and believe it is not much of it left in this world, I want to teach my GrandChildren the value of empathy; to help develop compassion, kindness and understanding.
I’ve searched around for fairy tales that teach empathy and found some are:
- The Three (3) Bears
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Princess and the Frog
I plan to read these four (4) fairy tales to my GrandChildren until they are tired. Yet, in my experience with my GrandDaughter Mink, she never gets tired of reading the same book over and over again. They may not understand the lesson right now. I believe repeatedly reading these books will sow the seed and pray they will reap the lesson later.
I encourage you to explore fairy tales to engage with the children in your life; to develop values that you feel are important. The act of reading with children alone develops empathy. It is my opinion that empathy in today’s society needs some improvement. In honor of National Tell A Fairy Day, make a conscious effort and take time to read fairy tales to children!
Until next time…