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Does Your Tot Have an Imaginary Friend?

Imaginary friends can be both endearing and frustrating. They can help young children wade through social waters and test disciplinary boundaries while avoiding repercussions. It is much easier to break the rules without consequence if they can blame the wrongdoing on someone else.

Last night's In the Motherhood explored the subject of imaginary friends in a hilarious manner. It had me thinking about how I will handle such a "buddy" if that time ever comes for my wee ones.

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Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
As a former preschool teacher I've seen countless imaginary friends come and go! The one that sticks out in my mind is a little boy that had two imaginary friends, Yanni and Vodka, yes Vodka. Problem was his friends told him to do things like scream and yell at random and strangle other kids, it was REALLY bad. Most imaginary friends are harmless, but this went way beyond that, and was a little scary to see a 3 y.o act in the manner of this child. It was so bad that the director of the preschool ended up asking him to leave the school. Unfortunately, I have no idea what happened to him or where he is in school now. He'd be 8 or 9 and has hopefully gotten past following through on everything Yanni & Vodka tell him to do!
Moms Moms 7 years
My kids don't have imaginary friends. But last night my daughter dropped a wrapped on the floor and when I asked who did it so they could pick it up, she said it was her imaginary friend, Andrew. Then she laughed and said she wished she had one so she didn't have to clean up. Talk about timing and I know she didn't watch this episode!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I said yes, but really only my son has had an imaginary friend. At least a regular one. My girls have played pretend but didn't have regular recurring imaginary friends like my son does.
smileyface smileyface 7 years
This episode was so funny. Rosemary becoming "Rosemommy" the Mommy whisperer and the way she handled the imaginary friend thing was hilarious. Wrong, but hilarious, lol.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I've heard that children who have imaginary friends have healthy imaginations ;) I had two: Mimi and Debbie. I let them go because Mimi got married and Debbie broke her arm. Man, I was a BAD friend! ;)
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
my third daughter had a whole imaginary family. the mom, dad, brother, sister, cat, dog, dragon. i had never known a child that had done that before and thought it was sort of odd, but her peditrician said it was fairly common. i'd hear her in her room laughing and talking to them for over a year. then one day she kicked them all out because the dragon was flying too low in the house. "it was time for them to go", she told me, "someone was going to get hurt".
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