"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
What does this famous quotation of Albert Einstein stand for? What is the meaning of this quotation? What is the relevance of fairy tales in our lives?
These are some of the questions that come to our mind when we help our child in the study. Let’s find out how fairy tales can help us in raising an intelligent and more imaginative child.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge: Creativity comes from imagination. It is a powerful and unique thing that is required when you are weaving a story or board game. In today’s tech-savvy world, 2D and 3D games have become very popular; an imaginative mind is the source of all such creations. Culture and tradition of a country reflect from a fairy tale. Fairy tales take children from one country to another, from one culture to another one. They become curious about new places and things.
There is a well-known example of this imaginative world – Harry Potter. The artificial and imaginative world created in the stories of Harry Potter not only thrills children but also helps them weave their own imaginative world.
- Choosing between Right or Wrong: Each fairy tales keeps a strong moral lesson. Children immediately start observing the difference between good and bad. They start talking about various values and morals taught in the story. Various studies have suggested that fairy tales help children understand the concept of right and wrong, not through direct teaching, but through implication.
It is a universally known fact that truth always triumphs. Fairy tales develop this strong feeling among children and take them to a world that is a source of curiosity and matter of hope for better.
- Develop Critical Thinking Skills: Fairy tales develop critical thinking among children. They follow the characters. The fortune of characters depends on the decisions they take during the course of their journey. Not all characters take the right path, so they confront with the results depending upon their choice of decisions. But if you have taken the right decision everything turns out good.
- Towards a Better Human Being: Fairy tales prepare kids for society. They teach them how to deal with the emotions one has within. It could be an aid for children in dealing with anxiety. In fairy tales children follow the main character and start behaving like it, therefore a proper understanding is developed about the good and bad things that exist at the same time in this world.
Remember the quotation of Albert Einstein and help your child imagine this world of ours from his or her own perspective. Recite the stories, discuss characters and events. Help your child raise questions and give good and memorable answers. Imagination is power without it The Great Pyramids, The Great Wall, Taj Mahal and many exciting things would not have built. You can learn how to make a particular thing, but if you cannot learn how to imagine. Free the mind of your child and get ready to have a good result.
Recently, I got a Whatsapp message that is worth sharing at this moment. I hope you would like it :
Taj terror attack has become a massive psychology case study in Harvard. Not ONE Taj employee abandoned the hotel and ran right through the attack. They helped guests escape and many died. It confounds psychologists. Finally, they pinpointed 3 recruitment strategies:
1) Taj did not recruit from big cities, they recruited from smaller cities where traditional culture still holds strong.
2) They did not recruit toppers, they spoke to schoolmasters to find out who was most respectful of their parents, elders, teachers, and others.
3) They taught their employees to be ambassadors of their guests not ambassadors of the company to their guests.
The results are stupefying. The Indian army to does not recruit toppers, they recruit people through intensive psychological testing, perhaps that is why they have one of the most effective govt organizations in the country, unlike bureaucrats recruited for being toppers but suspect psychologies. This has implications for parenting too.