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Should imaginary friends be accepted or discouraged?

As a professional working with families, I am often asked about imaginary friends. I never experienced this behavior with my own son so I have little personal information to share. One child ...
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Should I be concerned about my 3.5-year-old believing he was Spiderman?

My 3.5-year-old son is obsessed with Spiderman comics, games and movies. He thinks he is Spiderman. He even has a 'girlfriend' in school whom he calls Mary Jane. Is this normal? Or should I be ...
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What role do imaginary friends play in a child's development?

My son, currently three-and-a-half, has taken to making constant references to his "brother," who is apparently a wealthy businessman and property owner (he apparently owns several stores that sell ...
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Why is the 'floor is lava' game so ubiquitious?

It seems that the 'floor is lava' game (game is to not touch the floor, the children must get around by climbing on furniture instead) is developed by most children. My question is how it is so many ...
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Playing Imagination Game with my 5-year-old girl

A couple of days ago, I started playing a small game with my almost 5-year-old girl, before she goes to sleep. The game is about imagining fictional stories happening with her. For example, I say "Let ...
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Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

I have a small cuddly bear from very young and have had it for over 20 years. I have it on my pillow every night and talk to it just like I do to a pet cat. I have a very close bond to it and can't ...
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Modern art for a child

I am looking for a collection of images of modern art painting - Pollack, Kandinsky, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, etc. The objective is to provide some additional stimulation for my child (5 y.o.), who ...
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Is this a good game to play with my children?

I have a game with my children that I wear a necktie, trousers and boxing gloves to look formal and we do a friendly, gentle boxing match. My 3 children are 10 years old and they love this game. I ...
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Am I being stressful to my child by trying to teach them how to be creative?

I have two children, one being 7 months old and the other on the verge of turning 3 years old. My question is about my way of interacting with the 3-year-old one, but I hope to learn something I can ...
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Teaching an 8 year old that he doesn't always get to dictate exactly how we play?

My nephew is 7 years old and is use to leading the games and make believe we play. He often decides what games we should play and exactly how he wants to play it, down to telling me what I should say ...
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Exercising visual spatial intelligence using interactive storytelling

What is the best way to exercise visual spatial intelligence for my 8 year old in regards to interactive story telling? I currently have her describe the surrounding environment she envisions in as ...
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Games to play with child just under one year

I would like to know what games to play with a child just under one year. I have no idea. Where can I get some ideas from. I would like my child to learn something. I have searched on YouTube but ...
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Is this a safe game to play with my kids? [duplicate]

I play with my kids "swords", they take a wooden ruler and I take nunchucks, I tell them that I am "Bruce Lee", I don't strike them and I just avoid their attack with my nunchucks, ...
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