Though there are tales that bungle it. A man goes out to work, and by the time he gets back, his son is a grown man even though he had not known his wife was pregnant. . . .
Still, in a novel, more is needed. Especially if the characters have interlocking fairy tales and go on their separate ways before they meet up again at crucial times.
A lot can be juggled by travel times. But in a novel, unlike a fairy tale, the readers expect to have some notion of time passing.