The role of violence in fairytales, when told to children, is to help them process fear. While we’d like our children to never be afraid or to experience violence, this is simply not a reality. With each hearing of some violence in a fairytale, the child’s unconscious controls the response as “I have had this fear before. I am safe here in this moment. I can survive this.” Each time, the child learns a bit more about how to grow up and how to deal with complex emotions.
– Sean Buvala, daddyteller.com
Don’t wait for your child to “get to school” to learn. You…the parent…are the best educator of your child. Create a home full of language and words from the very beginning. Tell stories. Talk to your baby. Talk to your toddler. Talk to your preschooler, your elementary-aged child, your teens. Talk. Engage. Ask questions. Listen. Now.
You, parent (or the person acting in that role for the child), are the first educators of your child. It’s not something you “have to” do. It is something you get to do.