Accept The Imaginary Friend
Accepting your child’s imaginary friend can often be a sticky situation to work around, as it may be strange to you as adults to comprehend the fact that your child has a “friend” that they confide in, whom only they can interact with. Here are some ways in which you can work with your child in this situation:
1. Accepting the fact that your child has an imaginary friend and that makes them comfortable and helps them deal with their day-to-day living can often be very hard for a parent, as you will be at the cross roads of worrying about your child having a serious thought disorder, deciding whether to dismiss it as another of your child’s play time antics that make her comfortable, or just outright confused as to how your little one can be friends with someone in a way that is unique to them. Keep in mind that even as kids, every child will want to have something that is unique to them and only them, and feel that they have complete control over something. Hence, this may be a stop gap adaptation of your child in response to a difficult situation or just as something that your child has done to exercise his imaginative prowess.
2. Accept your child’s imaginary friend or friends with calm and cheerfulness. Acceptance and affection are the core driving forces that operate behind everything that your little one does and the fact that you have accepted their imaginary friends is certainly a morale booster for your child.
3. Engaging your child adequately and keeping them mentally preoccupied is a measure that you can take as parents in reducing the time your child has to themselves to think about their imaginary friends. Though it is often healthy, some kids can be very obsessive and adamant to want time to play with their little friends and taking this measure can give your little one little, if not any time, to think about their imaginary friends
4. Keep in mind that your child’s imaginary friends might change over time in qualities, numbers and so on. Having a good rapport with your child is essential to keep a tab of this.