I'm an intuitive healer. Another word for what I do and who I am is psychic. As a child I could feel what others were feeling and I didn't understand why the adults didn't hear and see what I could.
It is important that we foster and guide children so that they understand that what they are feeling is nature. Intuitiveness seems to flow in children because it feels natural to them and children do what feels natural. A child will state very plainly to an adult what their experiences are and if an adult is not experiencing the same, too often the adult will dismiss the child.
What happens then?
In some cases, that child will interpret this as what they are seeing and hearing is not "normal" and they will begin to hear less and less.
So, how do you go about developing your child's intuitive nature?
Some parents believe that an imaginary friend is introduced into a child's life because they are lacking something (lonely perhaps). Others say that it is a phase. Maybe, the real reason for an imaginary friend is because your child sees someone you don't see?
An imagery friend can be a soul who is not incarnate and who has not completed the full transition to the "other side." Often children speak with grandparents who have passed on or someone who was very close to them. Or an imagery friend can be a guardian (angel) that your child is able to communicate with. These guardians are around us to provide guidance, support and to protect us.
My friend's three-year-old and I were in a restaurant and I heard him say, "Hey guys, where you going?" He wasn't speaking to the table of men that were leaving; he was speaking with their guardian angels. He turned to me later and said, "I like those guys, they were nice."
Treat the imaginary friend just like a new school friend. Remember, children learn fear. If they are afraid, why should you be? Ask your child questions about their imaginary friend: their name, their age, where they were born, etc.
Children are sponges. So what you are saying, even when you don't think they are listening, they are incorporating those statements into their belief system. Phases like, "there is no such thing as" or "it is all in your imagination," can lead to beliefs that are limiting and these boundaries can hinder your child's intuitive abilities.
Parents have an amazing opportunity with their children, just by listening; asking questions and being open they can expand their own world as well as their child's.