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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. The best thing then is to accept the imaginary playmate and join in with the child.

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

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.

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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