Most classic fairy tales — the oldest form of children’s stories — have a simple moral: Do what you’re told, or the goblins will get you. Think Hansel and Gretel. Little Red Riding Hood. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. If a fairy tale character is told not to do something, they’re guaranteed to go straight out and do it — and then look what happens to them.

But some stories are a little more subtle. Sometimes, they’re downright confusing. In fact, I’m not sure the authors really thought them through, because if they had, the endings would be different. If you choose to share these stories with your children (which I don’t recommend), you may want to consider changing the ending yourself. Otherwise, your kids might think these behaviors are normal. Whereas in fact, these ten famous characters from children’s stories have some serious codependency issues.

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Sue EllenOctober 30, 2013 11:33 am

As I will agree on most of these titles, I must say I Love You Forever is one of my favorites and I cry at the end almost every time! Mom dies and son keeps the song alive…(leaving me to believe he was awake all along and loved that his mom still babied him no matter how old he got 🙂

lcbaker November 06 2013 07:59 am

It's a sweet, classic story. It's just a bit disturbing if you really think about it! And I'm sure he was awake and did love being babied...but you have to wonder how his wife felt about it!

FarleyNovember 1, 2013 9:38 am

So, I should stop?

lcbaker November 06 2013 07:58 am

HAHAHA Mom. Yes.

FarleyNovember 1, 2013 9:41 am

Yeah, I think I bought into most of these warped ideas of love and devotion. The other place you find them is in the old 40’s movies. A little more realistic as time went on, but really, not real.

Gail GardnerNovember 12, 2013 5:33 pm

That makes perfect sense because she is a fairy and fairies are fairy tales are intentionally occult paths into Satanism. I know many will rail against the very idea that the stories from their childhood are not wholesome, but think about them. Really think. They are conditioning to “do what you’re told” or “do what thou wilst”. (Look that up and see where that goes.)

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