What are your views on your kids having imaginary friends?

Theresa - posted on 08/02/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My four year old daughter informed me today that she has an imaginary female friend. I am a bit sceptical about this but I do not want to crush her creativity. How do you all feel about this?

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Theresa - posted on 08/03/2011

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Thanks everyone for reassuring me! It appears her imaginary friend only 'appears' when she is left to play alone - once she has her cousins or school mates around, there is no mention of her 'other' friend. Lol!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/03/2011

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I think it is pretty cool when imaginations soar like this...unless you think it is a ghost or something that lives in the house....that just creeps me out and gives me chills.


It is harmless to have imaginary friends, as long as they are social, and can make friends outside of the home.

Amy - posted on 08/03/2011

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my daughter has an imaginary dragon, a 'rango' and imaginary daddy for when she plays house. it's fine. not hurting anything. my only problem was when she had about ten friends at one time and then.....forgot one of their names. she asked me what 'his name was'....uh, i can't see him. lol. after she described him, i figured it out.

Sarah - posted on 08/03/2011

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It is very common to have imaginary friends. My nephew has two, one is good and one naughty. I think it is good for his imagination and as a safety net to explore the world. If Dabda ( the naughty one) makes a mess then my sister pretends to put him on the naughty step and he sees that she is consistent with her sanctions. Then they all tidy up the mess and they get rewarded. It is pretty harmless really. A A Milne (Winnie the Pooh author) wrote a poem about an imaginary friend called Binker so it must be fairly common.

Amanda - posted on 08/02/2011

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My son had one for a while. I think it came when he was having a big developmental growth spurt and really expolring using his imagination

Katherine - posted on 08/02/2011

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My daughter has an imaginary bigfoot that she carries around. She's only 2.5 so of course I let her, it's good fro their development and tweaks their imagination.

Medic - posted on 08/02/2011

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My son has two imaginary friends and it really doesn't bother me one bit. Why should it? They are the best kind of friends, they are not picky eaters, no messes, and they apparently clean up after themselves.

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