Has your child ever had an imaginary play mate ?

Canada
September 18, 2008 7:04am CST
Does or has any of your children ever had imaginary playmates ? Did this bother you ? Who or what was the imaginary playmate ? Why do you feel some children have imaginary playmates and others don't ? This would never have bothered me had it happen or even if it does with my youngest two but what made me think of this topic was when my two little ones were running around playing and I asked them what they were doing and they told me they were playing with their ghost friends . When I asked what they were playing , I asked the older of the two what they were playing with their ghost friends and she told me they were playing hide and seek , when I asked if they had found their ghost friends she looked at me like I was crazy and said Mommy they are ghost , we can't find them because you can't see them . I thought it was cute as they were using their imagination . So have you ever had a child who had an imaginary friend or ghost friend ?
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@izhuce13 (160)
• China
19 Sep 08
i think even the adult have an imaginary playmathe, we have a principle that we make a new friend and decide weather we will be good friends with them. and this is the same with a child. sometime we have to take the children as an adult, we do not have substaintial differece between the children.
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Thank you for your response .
@34momma (13891)
• United States
18 Sep 08
when my brother and i were little we had two imaginary friends named Ernie and Bert. yes i know, we were not so creative, but we loved those two guys. my 4 year old has a friend named Jason that she has been talking too and playing with for two years now. she says he is her boyfriend. it doesn't bother me at all.
• Canada
19 Sep 08
That is really cute thank you for sharing :)
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
19 Sep 08
i think it's cute too. her father on the other hand doesn't think so. which makes it even more funny too me
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
:)
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• Philippines
19 Sep 08
I don't have a child who had an imaginary play mate but I had a niece who had once an imaginary friend. It doesn't bother us at all. There are really children who would experienced this things especially the one whose 3rd eye is open. It may sound unbelievable but to us who has a close encounter with this matter it's just ordinary.
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Thank you for your response .
@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
19 Sep 08
It's natural for toddlers (2-4 years old) to have an imaginary friend/s. But beyond that age you should distract them in a nice way like playing with them or teaching them to write, color, etc... It's healthy for toddlers to have imaginary friends but beyond toddlers, its unhealthy... That's the time that parents should be wih their child. I hope I somewhat answered your question...
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
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@clinsbull (193)
• China
19 Sep 08
i think that almost people are not soem kids when they young.but if u have some age,just like an old man,u must have some kid on u hometown. when i was child,i have two brother,two sister ,but they were not my playmates.u know,if we have some brother,they can uarly to go alone.someday,i like alone too,i alway to go to the monteong.go to the street myself.but i alway hope i have a playmates,a girl,a boy,a dog .just like now.i have a son,have a dog.i like them.
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Thank you for your response .
• Canada
19 Sep 08
I had one when i was little but dont know anybody now that has a make beleive friend . I was bored and i made one up when i was a kid . It is ok for kids to have make believe friends cause it helps them when they are bored and it doesn't hurt noboyd for them to have a freined that isn't really a freind .
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Thank you for your response .
• Canada
19 Sep 08
I don't have any kids yet so I won't knwo if they will have imaginary playmates or not but my sister had one when she was younger . She used to play with her imaginary playmate and we had to pretend we knew it was there or she would get upset . She is older now and her playmate is gone now that she is going to school and made real friends .
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
Thank you for your response .
• Canada
18 Sep 08
I don't know any kids with imaginary playmates but this woudln't bother me if i had kids and they had a imaginary playmate to play with . I think your story is cute . i think they do this when they want to play and dont' have anybody to play with and it is good for them to make beieve with friends just make sure they don't have these friends when they are older cause that would be weird and they might get teased in school .
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• Canada
19 Sep 08
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@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
18 Sep 08
My kids don't have imaginary friends but they do use their imaginations a lot. They like playing play pretend. They sometimes play they were doctors and patient. sometimes they will pretend they were dinosaurs and all. they were really funny doing those things. and your kids too are very smart!
• Canada
19 Sep 08
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
18 Sep 08
My son never had an imaginary play mate, but he used to pretend that his hand was another person. I have many pictures of him holding his hand up in a picture so his hand could be in the picture too. He grew out of it after a few years. My daughter is not yet 2 years old, so she has not developed an imaginary friend that I am aware of yet.
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• Canada
18 Sep 08
Awe that is sweet :) Thank you for your response .
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Awwww...that was a cute story...My kids never had an imaginary playmate..although my youngest grandson who is 4 now did talk about someone (can't remember the name) when he was 2 years old...He would tell us about him and he said he shared his toys with him..He doesn't talk or mention him anymore....
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• Canada
18 Sep 08
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@GardenGerty (130185)
• United States
21 Sep 08
No, my children did not have any imaginary friends that I am aware of. I did, though. I actually made her up, to tell stories about her to my cousin when we were at my grandparents together for a week. I told her I had a friend named Vivian, who lived in a white rock. She was a fairy, dressed in blue.