Mary - posted on 02/19/2011 ( 75 moms have responded )
Once a week, I take my toddler to story time at our local public library. We both absolutely love it! It is the same little library I went to with my mother as a child, and I simply adore rediscovering all of the stories, songs and rhymes that I remember so fondly from my own childhood.
This past week, the Librarian did There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, complete with a an old lady puppet who "swallowed" little a stuffed fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, cow, and finally, the horse.
I was so excited - I had loved this song as a child! However, I struggled a bit with the words.
I guess, in an effort to make it a little kinder for the toddler crowd, they changed the words. Instead of singing "I guess she'll die", it became "I guess she'll cry".
Later that day, I posted something about it on my FB status, and was amused to see the number of responses. One of my friends (whose boys are now in college) responded by saying "I call that dumbing it down."
I honestly don't know what I think. A lot of the fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and songs I grew up with did have some unpleasant, or even violent turns in them, if you really stop to analyze them. And yet...I have no memories of being either scarred or even scared by them.
Should some of these older stories be altered for toddlers?