Benefits of Imaginary Friends for Young Children

Imaginary friends are great for children to have as they are always around when they want them!  Children from about the age of four to six years old may develop an imaginary friend; it is quite normal for them to do this and is also very good for them. They will talk to their friend and then they have to think what the imaginary friend is saying back to them.

This develops their communication skills at a very young age and also they learn to develop the skill of knowing how the person they are talking is thinking. It is an ideal way for them to practice people skills before actually doing it.

These children are usually much more articulate and can understand people’s feelings as they would have acted out most situations in their head 100 times.

 Imaginary friends also help the child to play without having to be told what to do by an adult, some children need to be entertained at all times but children with an imaginary friend are able to entertain themselves and play using their imagination, they rarely get bored or lonely and always have something to do or say to their friend.

Your child’s imaginary friend will develop in character, it will have a name and an identity, and they even like or dislike things, all of which are made up inside your child’s head. It is quite amazing how a child can imagine something so vividly that it becomes real to them.

If you were to listen to a child with an imaginary friend when they are playing, maybe outside their bedroom door, you would sometimes think that they were actually talking to someone, it sounds like they are having a real conversation with someone.

It can be a little scary for parents sometimes but unless it is affecting their life (like the movie Drop Dead Fred) you should let the child have their friend for as long as they need one, it really is not doing your child any harm. Once they are settled at school and have met other children and made friends, the imaginary friend usually becomes a thing of the past.

You should actively encourage your child if they have an imaginary friend as they will learn a lot from them and one day when your child is older and no longer needs the imaginary friend, it will simply disappear.