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Are stories with sad endings alright for very small children (preschoolers and nursery)?


My little son gets a little upset when the stories recited to him have sad endings. He especially doesn't like if any of the characters end up dead -- even when those characters are villainous. One of the reasons could be, that these characters, who are wild animals more often than not, feature with heroic characteristics in other stories. I try to modify endings so that bad guys end up in jail instead of dead. Sometimes I wonder, if such stories & moral lessons they bring by associating with this ultimate and irreversible truth of life, are a little too harsh for little ones?

 

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    Jade Monique Taylor (Jade89) 18 months ago

    Hahahahaha I always love your comments!

    Even children's prayers ended with "If I should {die} before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." No child should be concerned about their mortality especially before going to bed each night! lol Perfect!


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    Anusha Jain (anusha15) 18 months ago

    That's a very valid point. Sheltering them from knowledge does bring them under the danger of being unprepared. Guess we'll have to let go and let the child face the darkness. Off course we need to continually assure them of existence of light :)

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    Anusha Jain (anusha15) 18 months ago

    Lots of valid points here :) Thanks

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    Anusha Jain (anusha15) 18 months ago

    Well he's started with school, so while I can continue modifying the stories we recite to him, I have to accept that he will get the real version at school. And I agree, they continue to grow up and learn to handle the idea of mortality.