Imaginary friends ‘positive for children’

Doctors have said parents should not be worried if their youngsters have made-up pals.


Experts at La Trobe University in Australia and Manchester University claim that imaginary friends can have a positive influence on tots and that parents should not be concerned by them.


The team conducted a series of interviews with 44 four, five and six-year-olds, asking them to describe a series of pictures in a book.

According to the results, those children who had imaginary friends performed significantly better than those without.

And it seems that pretend pals are not always human or even living creatures, as Dr Kidd who conducted some of the studies discovered.

“There was one child who had an imaginary tomato ‘Bodder’ and a potato called ‘Bun,'” Dr Kidd said.

He added: “My favourite was a boy with an imaginary wife and an imaginary baby. But the wife wasn’t the mother of his child.

“The mother was a nurse who travelled internationally. When asked where the wife was, the boy replied: ‘I divorced her. She talked too much’.”


Does your tot blame the broken vases and missing snacks on an imaginary friend? Let us know!

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