Fairy Godmothers and Spiritual Mentors
In the storybook fables we know as “Fairy Tales”, characters identified as Fairy Godmothers, and their male counterparts, represent divine intervention. They have a whole arsenal of magical problem-solving tools at their disposal, and use them with their favorite kid’s best interests at heart.
In real life, they can be special members of a child’s extended family--someone children can turn to, beyond their parents, in times of need. Whether it is someone who has been chosen by the parents to fill the religious or spiritual role of a godparent, or someone who offers a love and advice like a favorite aunt or uncle, a friend of the family, or even a coach or teacher.
From their depictions in film and television, we can learn to offer access to a world beyond a child’s doorstep, show how to make the most of what is available, help kids to find their inner power, teach the difference between whims and heartfelt desires, and act as examples of how to live life to the fullest.