Imaginary Friends

Since we are social creatures, I think it’s in parents’ best interest to support their child’s friendships. When we had to move, I rarely looked at a house that wasn’t in “Avery striking distance” as I called it. That is Viv’s best neighborhood buddy, who we use to be a stone’s throw from.  We are a long walk or a short drive now, and happily Avery’s mom and I are making that friendship work.

Of course 8 to 10 years from now, Vivien will much prefer to spend as much time away from me and with her friends as possible. That will be hard, but I am bracing for it. But what if her friends aren’t real?

Check out this article about imaginary play in the New York Times.

4 thoughts on “Imaginary Friends

  1. That’s hilarious!

    As I was watching the video, I was thinking, if Mary is being sassy pants, then sassy pants needs to sit in time out or go home until she can come back without the ‘tude. I love how you are handling it.

    I don’t think Moanna has any imaginary friends. At least I’ve not been introduced to them, if she does. Moanna does have one of those plastic dogs that you pull along on a string (named Butter – why? I don’t know), that she does talk to and take care of on a regular basis.

  2. as I was about to write this Vivien got me on the phone with Mary. I told her no sleep overs this week. Thanks for the kudo’s. probably helps that I did improv for so many years.

    now being asked to write something to Mary.
    “that you love her and it’s really good to feel her heart.” ahhh.
    I bet Butter feels good too.

  3. So smart. I love the imaginary friend as guest/take responsibility for your guest idea. Thanks for the link to the article. It was so interesting… I actually remember talking a bit about Vygotsky in child psychology/ learning theory classes in college. It’s so fascinating to think about how their little minds work.

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