How much do the stories children hear influence who they become and how they think as adults? As a parent, I couldn't help but wonder.
Could it be that some parents deprive their children of silly stories mistakenly believing that silly is counterproductive? Could they believe that the world is a harsh place with no room for laughter and goofiness?
When a feeling is heard, it becomes safe and friendly. It's only when wild things (or emotions) are locked away that we have reason to fear them.