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How imaginary friends could boost children's development

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How imaginary friends could boost children's development
Children with imaginary friends tend to be creative and have more empathy.

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Imaginary friends are healthy

Imaginary friends are healthy

In the early 19th century, psychologists feared that imaginary friends could be a sign of emotional unstability or psychological problems in children.

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Reasons for imaginary companions

Studies found that 65% of children play with invisible playmates. Children typically start inventing imaginary friends at age three to five.

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Benefits of fantasy friends

Children who have fantasy friends are more socially aware. They can put themselves in other people's shoes better than peers who don't have imaginary friends.

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Imaginary friends: the role of parents

Parents often wonder how they should approach their children's imaginary friend.

Most children with imaginary friends understand the difference between their own fantasy and reality. ...

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