When I was a preschooler I had two imaginary friends -- Marshay and Johnson. I don't remember when they arrived on the scene, nor do I remember when they left, but I do know that Marshay had the most beautiful long black hair and a kind voice and Johnson was loosely based on the Sesame Street muppet Franklin.
None of my kids have ever had imaginary friends, but they are actually very common in the preschool years and can show up for a number of reasons (I had a great imagination, but as an only child as a preschooler, I think I might have been lonely). If you find your child playing with an imaginary friend (or two), it's important to not discourage her or worry that something is wrong. Instead, you should encourage your child and be supportive. For more tips, click here -- Understanding Your Child's Imaginary Friend.
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