So not to bring facebook drama to the boards, but I'm curious to find out if I'm the minority on this issue.
A friend of mine's mom (the same one who invited herself and her family onto my family's vacation) is all upset because my friend and I are not discouraging her granddaughter (who is four) from having imaginary friends/talking of imaginary things.
The latest one is a video of the child hosting a tea party with my friend and me. She didn't have real tea, just the air kind that most kids her age do... and it got a little silly. There were frogs and lizards in our tea and my friend was "poisonned" and fell into a deep sleep. Nothing she doesn't get from fairytales, etc.
The child has imaginary friends and apparently her grandmother is none too happy about it. She is demanding we discourage all imagination because "we live in reality."
My opinion is Imagination breeds creativity which we're lacking in the younger generations (mine included). I see nothing wrong with believing in make believe when you're four, it's how you explore your world at that age. We never start the imagination, we just play along. She's an only child, who else is she going to play with at 7pm before bed?! LOL
Am I completely off base (said grandmother says I am because I don't live in reality)? Is it really so dangerous for her to play dress up and create storylines with people who "aren't real"?