Tales and Jerome Bruner, Rudolf Steiner, and Albert Einstein
Gentle all-round upbringing is helped and often eased by folk tales and similar stories.
Handy folks find out how not to risk their lives. Pretty much can be helped if your neighbours and family refrain from trying to have you maimed and killed. Good metaphors could help against it.
Freak-looking tales that hardly mar innocent young ones can be all right, even if they carry existential, important overtones - as long as grown-ups above them don't start to shout and strike with fiendish intent.
This site hosts many sorts of tales with such fine-looking ends in view.
The cultural psychologist Jerome Bruner considers that stories build culture by the ways they are structuring our thinking. He says that there seems to be two broad ways that humans organise and structure their thinking, and stories is one of them. Stories are found to deal with people and their plights. The art of interpretation may be slowly evolved to deal with underlying messages in a lot of inherited narratives (stories). [More of Bruner]
It is fit for the directed attention of growing ones to be focused on many balanced and organised actions or events at first; then on basic images; and next on main ideas that help one to deal with or manage current events and also prepare for future ones. Rudolf Steiner concepts that formed and go into Waldorf Education, adhere to such principles of learning and assimilation.
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. [With Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking. [Albert Einstein]