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Time to change fairy tales for our kids

We grew up listening to fairy tales. Today, when we look back, more or less every fairy tale looks the same.

Every story has a prince and a princess. The princess is always a damsel in distress, abused by the society or the evil step mother or the circumstances in the world. The Prince is the saviour and he saves the Princess from her miserable life and then the standard they lived happily ever after.

Happily ever after is serious myth after all because life is not like the bed of roses, it is a pathway made of thorns.

Most of the times, ever since a child reaches the age of 3 or 4, parents tend to introduce them to Fairy Tales because they are meant to entertain the children and teach them values.

When we say values, it means respecting your elders, being a victim and waiting for an outsiders to come and rescue you but real life is way too different. I mean forget sleeping for a 100 years without ageing, even if you sleep for 8 hours it is a big deal.

Yes, fairy tales, were meant for entertaining the children, their intention was to teach children values and help them have a good night’s sleep.It is important that the children especially girls understand that marriage is not the ultimate goal of life. There is no perfect Prince Charming that is going to come down to rescue her from her miseries. Life is not what is depicted in the Fairy Tales.

Today if someone finds a missing glass slipper, nobody really cares. You always have, facebook, Tinder and other apps to find another perfect Cindrella. Sadly, unknowingly we still keep our expectations high due to these fairy tales that we grew up hearing. The character of a person cannot be black or white, there are always shades of Grey.

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