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Imaginary Friends: Should You Be Concerned
Young children often have imaginary friends. Sometimes they're human, other times they're animals, like the life-size rabbit in the old Jimmy Stewart movie, "Harvey." Sometimes the imaginary friend is an occasional visitor, stopping by only once every few days. But other times it may be a child's constant companion. Children may talk to their imaginary friends, draw with them, or even read books to them. And plenty of parents have had to set an extra place at the dinner table for the "friend."
So is children’s imaginary playmates cause for concern? In most cases, the answer is No. Imaginary friends are a pretty normal part of growing up, especially during the toddler years, and they serve several important functions:
• They can be wonderful companions for pretend play, which is an important way to stimulate creativity and imagination. Having an invisible friend can make those long trips to the moon or back in time a little less lonely.
• They can act as a child's trusted confidant when there's no one else to tell their secrets to. Even small children have issues that are too private to tell us.
• They can help kids figure out the difference between right and wrong. Kids sometimes have a tough time stopping themselves from doing things they know are wrong. Blaming the imaginary friend for eating cookies before dinner is often a sign that the child understands right vs. wrong distinctions but isn't quite ready to assume complete responsibility for her actions.
• They can give you some valuable insights into your child's feelings. Listening to your child bravely comfort an invisible friend who's about to get a shot may be a clue that your child is more afraid than she's letting on.
While it's generally perfectly fine to humor your child and go along with her claims about the existence of an imaginary friend, there are a few ground rules:
• Don't let the "friend" be your child's only companion. Kids need to socialize with others their own ages. If your child seems to have no other friends or has no interest in being with her peers, talk to your pediatrician.
• Don't let your child shift responsibility for everything bad to the friend. Saying that the friend is the one responsible for a nighttime accident is okay. Blaming the friend for a string of bank robberies isn't.
• Treat the friend with respect. This means remembering his name, greeting him when you meet, and apologizing when you sit on him.
• Don't use the friend to manipulate your child. That means no comments like "Maggie finished her dinner, why don't you finish yours?"
Most kids lose their imaginary friends between their third and fifth birthdays. Sometimes the friends are forgotten, sometimes they're sent on a distant and permanent trip, and other times they "die" in a horrible accident.
The article above falls under the category of Reading for Information.
Recently, I've read a book by Cecelia Ahern, 'If You Could See Me Now' and it caught my interest to know more about imaginary friend.
From the article above, we can see the information on imaginary friends, that it is normal for kids to have them, and parents should not worry about it. In fact, it shows how wild and creative is a child's imagination. We also know more about what an imaginary friend is and some guidelines when dealing with imaginary friends.
Besides the example given above, the life-size rabbit, Harvey, I also found out other examples of imaginary friends. First is the famous comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, where Hobbes is Calvin's imaginary friend. Calvin sees Hobbes as a living tiger and also play along with it, but the other characters in the comic sees Hobbes as a stuffed-animal. Another example is Foster Home for Imaginary Friends by Cartoon Network. This cartoon is about the story of abandoned imaginary friends who are foster by the elderly Madame Foster.
Through this activity, it can help us students not only understand the term 'Imaginary Friends', but also our language. All the examples above are related to English language. For instance, when we read Calvin and Hobbes, we learn more vocabulary found in the comic. As for the Jimmy Stewart's movie and Foster Home for Imaginary Friends, we learn English when we watch and listen to the show. Most importantly, we get to learn the language in a different yet relaxing way. Plus, learning in a relaxing way in way more efficient than learning under pressure.
In brief, I've got what I wanted to know through reading this article, which is to have more information about imaginary friends and also gain more knowledge in the usage English language.