Question by  kellykiger (10)

Is it normal for toddlers to have imaginary friends?

My toddler has an imaginary friend.


Answer by  KingJohn (61)

Of course it is normal. Some people believe that young children are not actually inventing friends but are able to see spirits that older, jaded adults cannot. I prefer to think that my son has invented his blue, monkey friend as way to cope with toddler stresses.


Answer by  Brett (7986)

It is, and in fact, quit healthy. It shows the child has an imagination, and shouldn't be a concern at all. Certainly if this continues past the age of say four or five perhaps, but as a toddler, not at all.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

My daughter also has an imaginary friend. I did ask my pediatrician about it. This is completely normal and occurs often with a first child. Do not let the child get away with saying their imaginary friend told them to do something.


Answer by  wantabemedic (345)

It is very normal for toddlers to have imaginary friends. Research has shown that it could even benefit a child to have an imaginary friend(s). It is important for the parent to not criticize the toddler for having a 'friend'. In time, possible once starting school, the imaginary friend(s) will fade away being replaces by real friends.

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