Do you read classic fairy tales to your children?

Well new research shows that one in five parents have scrapped some classics such as Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood because they are too scary for their kids.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears condones stealing while children have been brought to tears after hearing about the big bad wolf, according to parents.

A survey of 2,000 adults was commissioned to mark the launch of the hit US drama GRIMM, since some of the episodes were based on traditional fairy tales.

The poll found that 25% of parents wouldn’t consider reading a fairytale to their child until they had reached the age of five.  The reason?  They would feel awkward answering too many questions from their kids.

Just over half of the parents said Cinderella didn’t send a good message to their children as it portrays a young woman doing housework all day.

Nearly half of mothers and fathers refuse to read Rumplestiltskin to their kids because the story is about a kidnapping and execution.

What do you think – too extreme or sounds about right?


Here are the Top Ten Fairy Tales no longer read to children:

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Kimberly from vogelJoy Reply

    “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.” ― Albert Einstein

    We love fairy tales! The best one that we read that the children really got wrapped up in was called, “The Golden Bird” by the Brothers Grimm. As I’m reading this story I’m thinking, this is not a good idea, this doesn’t sound like a good story… but the kids were so wrapped up in it and I couldn’t believe how they were visualizing the story in their heads! It was amazing. They couldn’t believe that the man did finally cut off the foxes head and feet because he had been so helpful to him the whole story but since the fox had been asking him to each time he finally did. And the ending was great 🙂 So it ended up being a great story after all! And we’ll probably read it again.
    We don’t mind talking about stuff in fairy tales for sure. But then we read Shakespeare too. Although I tend to stay away from tragedies right now. We rather learn about love triangles and comedy 😉 haha

  2. Wonder Wheeler Reply

    Actually, fairy tales tend to make your child think deeper and use his/her imagination. Fairy tales before sleep was one of my favorite things to do back when I was young because it made me think about those castles, dragons and all that stuff that made me enjoy and appreciate the stories even further.

  3. Alison Pentland Reply

    HA my store name is based on Jack & the Beanstalk so I’m biased right off the start. I think ALL stories allow our children to explore things that may be silly, weird, unfamiliar or scary. Children need time to practice about these things in a safe place to help prepare them for IRL. Classics can give children a sense of history and over time a sense of continuity about the past and life in general. A parent who has half a brain knows their child and can be age appropriate using any book. For example, show the pictures and tell your own version. As they grow you can add pieces that they are ready to hear or you are ready to answer questions about, but don’t make me call the bubble wrap police!

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