I was a quick study of the lessons from the stories that often ended in children meeting their doom.
I wasn't scared of these stories. I took them as useful information and filed them in my mind for future reference. This way I would know what to do if I came upon a house made of gingerbread or a talking wolf while I was playing in the woods.
Get locked in a tower? Grow my hair long. Got it.
White rocks, not breadcrumbs. Don't give directions to Grandma's house.
I still find much of the advice useful because I know that if you make the wrong choice you will get eaten by the wolf.