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May 13, 2021

My child has an imaginary friend ... It's serious?

Imagination
As the name suggests, the imaginary friend of your child is the fruit of his spirit. According to the specialists of the question, nearly two-thirds of children between 3 and 5 years have already had an imaginary friend. These figures reassure the normality of the phenomenon. When we say imagination, we also think creativity: to invent a world apart, that we are alone to know and in which we feel good ... it is the essence of the stories that tells a story childbut that you also tell them at night!

Express one's feelings
Beyond mere invention, the imaginary friend is a way that your child to express himself and to say what he feels. So it's quite possible that someday your child tell you that his friend comes to lunch at home. In this situation, it is better to "play the game" while reminding your child the things you planned to do together, so that it always keeps the reality in mind. Finally, accepting the presence of your imaginary friend will allow you to better understand your child.

Fill a gap
The children sometimes need to fill a lack of affection: the imaginary friend is their response to this situation. Far from being to be dramatized, this mechanism, natural for the 3-5 years who are beginning to gradually divide between real and imaginary, can alert you if it lasts for a long time and that crises of tears or anxiety install when the imaginary friend is no longer present. If this happens, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.



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