"Imagination is what makes our sensory experience meaningful, enabling us to interpret and make sense of it, whether from a conventional perspective or from a fresh, original, individual one. It is what makes perception more than the mere physical stimulation of sense organs. It also produces mental imagery, visual and otherwise, which is what makes it possible for us to think outside the confines of our present perceptual reality, to consider memories of the past and possibilities for the future, and to weigh alternatives against one another. Thus, imagination makes possible all our thinking about what is, what has been, and, perhaps most important, what might be." -Nigel J.T. Thomas-
As parents, we tend to let our children run their imaginations wild, but there is a time when a lot of us, parents have to draw the line with our children's imagination. For instance, a child of 10 years of age may still have an imaginary friend. Do we as parents try to stifle an imaginary friend? We all know how crucial it is for a child's congnitive development. Should we just let them be in their own La-la Land? Should we set an age limit for maturity or developmental bench marks?