And often they create a pretend a playmate. This is someone nobody else can see. But this “friend” is nothing to worry about.
Almost always, imaginary friends are good for children. Your child probably makes up lots of stories about his “friend.” This sharpens his mind. And it helps him be creative. Creativity helps with writing, the arts, solving problems and many other skills.
Imaginary friends can also help your child feel more comfortable. They are great practice for acting out things your child is not sure about. If he is going to play with a new friend, he may practice playing with his imaginary friend first.
Children who are about four years old are most likely to have an imaginary friend. As children enter the school years they usually don’t need these friends anymore.
(It’s important to remember that a child who sometimes plays with an imaginary friend is different from a child who seems to spend all his time “in his own world.” If you know a child who does not respond to other people, call a teacher or doctor.)
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