How can I create an imaginary world

Imaginary Friends: This is the best way to deal with your child's imaginary friend as a parent

But is the imaginary friend dangerous for my child? No, it is more a sign of a high level of imagination than that the child is delayed in development, as has been assumed for a long time. It is usually clear that the imaginary friend is created by himself and that he can therefore not pose any danger.

The friend is linked to reality - and the friendship is subject to a duration that is determined by the so-called "constructor" of the non-real person. But how do parents deal with it?

In most cases, parents don't need to worry about their offspring. As the psychologist Davis told the “Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin”, recent studies indicate that children who have had an imaginary boyfriend are more likely to describe their real friends on the basis of characteristics. People of the same age without this “bonus friend” would have rather stuck to external appearances.

In addition, adolescents who can look back on a shared past with their imaginary friend are more open to helping others. Imaginary friends help your child to test limits and to train how to interact with others - they develop in a playful way from within themselves.

But how do you as parents deal with your child's imaginary friend? The answer is simple: take it as it comes. Ultimately, according to Davis, parents don't need to worry about their child's state of mind, who advises parents to just play along and accept their friend as long as they are there.