A Boy’s Best Friend
Kids have invisible friends; it’s pretty much a basic fact of life. They serve as a source of comfort, as playmates, and can be helpful with practicing newly formed social skills. When I taught kindergarten, it certainly wasn’t unusual for at least a handful of my students to have an imaginary friend tagging along. I always felt it was important to humor them when the situation allowed it, which could mean putting out a few extra blankets at nap time or holding the picture book up higher so Mr. Crocodile could see it all the way in the back.
Far be it for me to discourage their budding imaginations.