Why your child's imaginary friend is a beautiful gift

Encouraging children to explore their imagination is key to their cognitive development, says behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer.

Dr Schomer explains that brain cells die quicker if they are not stimulated.

He has urged parents to nurture their child's imagination.

We can make a creative, imaginative, inventive well-adjusted human being from these billions of neurons.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

When we are younger, we have this incredible imagination to wonder at life.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

According to Dr Schomer, young children with imaginary friends are likely to be less shy, more sociable, friendly, empathetic and creative.

We need to encourage and nourish the imagination if we want a hopeful and bright future.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Dr Schomer advised that parent use every day household items to create and tell stories, puppet shows, games and play things.

He spoke about the power of a child's imagination as parents called in to share how they help unlock their child's mind.

Take a listen to the heart-warming discussion:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why your child's imaginary friend is a beautiful gift


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