Dealing With A Child's Imaginary Friends

Many children make up imaginary friends. Child
development specialists say the behavior is
generally a positive one.

Experts say that imaginary friends often reflect a
child's feelings, which then serves as a way of
better understanding the child. Parents can use
imaginary friends as an opportunity to teach
empathy and compassion, as well as fear
and other complex emotions.

It's important to encourage your child's
imagination and creativity. Acknowledge the
pretend pal, if your child wants you to.

If your child does not have an imaginary friend,
that's okay, too. Children develop in different

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