One of my daughters LOVES to pretend, which I think is fantastic…most of the time. I love that she involves her sister in her games of school, gymnastics, and hospital, and that she is exercising her creativity and imagination. However, sometimes her pretend play causes problems in the reality of our daily life, and I’m looking for some suggestions on how to ease the frustration that we are currently experiencing. The scenario is usually this: It’s a Sunday morning, and my daughter has been playing “emergency room” with her little sister. She has improvised casts on her leg and arm, and a bandage tied around her head. I tell the girls that it’s time to get ready for church, and my daughter asks whether she can keep her casts on for church. (By the way, I think she is old enough and smart enough to know that the answer is going to be “no.”) When I tell her that she may not, but that she may resume her game after church, crying and stomping ensue. She is clearly very frustrated, says that she really does have a broken ankle, and is emphatic that she cannot go to church (or wherever we are going) because of her injuries.