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Responding to imagined guests

August 13, 2004

Parenting expert Armin Brott suggests parents follow these guidelines with regards to children's imaginary friends:

  • Children need to socialize with other kids, so don't let the imaginary friend be your child's only companion. If your child seems to have no other friends or has no interest in being with her peers, talk to your pediatrician.

  • Don't let your child shift responsibility for everything bad to the friend.

  • Treat the friend with respect. This means remembering his name, greeting him when you meet, and apologizing when you sit on him.

  • Don't use the friend to manipulate your child. For example, don't say, "Maggie finished her dinner, why don't you finish yours?"



- Source: www.familyresource.com/parenting

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