Is it normal for a 6 year old to talk to herself all the time??

Lana - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My daughter Ayla is an only child, and she likes playing her own games. What gets out of hand is that she is talking to herself all the time. (or rather to the imaginary kids in the game that she's playing)



Is this normal?

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Betty Ann - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 7 year old does it also. His closest sibling is 17, so they are on very different schedules, so he might as well be an only child. I'm not worried about it since when he is playing with other children, or interacting with adults,,, the imaginary friend is no where to be found.

Terri - posted on 03/25/2010

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I figure my daughter is so chatty she's got to talk to anything that won't tell her "shhhhh" from time to time, haha. She's 6, an only child and can be heard at any given time talking/singing while she plays. I attribute it to a very lively imagination and re-play of what she is probably discussing/playing with her friends. I think it's fine. :)

Jurnee - posted on 12/17/2011

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its normal, I have 4 kids and they all had imaginary friends at one point.. We even had an imaginary dog for a while, it had its own bowl and brush. They grow out of it.

Nicky - posted on 08/29/2011

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I think its okay, my daughter is also 6 and the only child. She has two imaginary friends quitta and ashley. She plays with them all the time and everywhere we go they go. I talked to her doctor and he says its normal and healthy.

Ashley - posted on 04/02/2010

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My lil girl is 7 and does this..alot.. she is usually pretending school.. Im soo relieved to see other children her age do it too..

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Katie - posted on 09/25/2013

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I am curious too. My son has this imaginary family he's had since he was about a year and a half to two years old and going strong. He does not have a father as he left while I was still pregnant. His family is a father, and 2-3 sons named Nennin.. Now I looked this up and it means strong, third person, etc. and it's all Nennin, Daddy Nennin, and Neh (sp?). I asked where the mommy was and at the age of 2 he said oh she's dead. Well that scared me because we've never talked about death or anything at that age.. I asked where daddy nennin was at the time afterwards and he pointed to a corner (this was when we were living with my parents) and this family moves wherever we move, goes wherever we go, etc. Makes me nervous it's more than just an imaginary family and it's something else an entity or family that has latched itself onto my son. Is this normal?

Kay - posted on 12/17/2011

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Ok first of all i'm not a mom and i don't really care if i get band or anything. Secondly it's perfectly normal for a 6 year old if it's normal for a 12 year old to do it my aunt even talks to herself all the time, most of my friends as well :)

Shaz - posted on 04/08/2010

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yes indeed ! , my son does it all the time , i think it is great for there imagnianation , n i think children sometimes beniefit from imaginery friends it improves role play n creative play, i know wen i was younger i used to av a imaginery friend to , n i loved it ,so yes i think its great n very normal xxxxx hope this helps xxxxx

Maggie - posted on 04/03/2010

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yes.. its all part of growing up. helps the imagination.... if u are concerned maybe u could talk to your doctor.

Katie - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son is 9 and he still does it. He doesn't have any playmates that live close, so he makes up his own. He's had one imaginary friend since he was 3 as well as some others that come and go. He seems well-adjusted and is thriving. I'm just greatful that he has such a wonderful imagination!

Stacie - posted on 04/02/2010

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Absolutely. Especially for an only child. She is using her imagination to entertain herself and that is healthy and normal. My kids are ten years apart so I basically have two only children. My daughter did that a little, but my son always has a large group of imaginary friends everywhere he goes. His teachers say he is extremely intelligent and imaginative.She'll outgrow it, don't worry, right now she is just entertaining herself and using her imagination. That is a sign of creativity.

Eadaoin - posted on 04/01/2010

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my daughter is 8yrs and have twins 6 and if there playing there own game they do i take it as good use of there imagination , listen in sometimes it funny what they come out with. i get a great joy out of it

Derlyne - posted on 04/01/2010

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it's ok to have an imaginary friend but get expose to a lil more kids her age.. so she know how to interact with other kids

Valerie - posted on 03/28/2010

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my daughter is 6 to and an only child. i thought just like u but its normal . my friend has two girls and they have talked to imaginary friends too .

Tanya - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son did do that up until about age 8. He too is an only child and it was sometimes hard to find other kids his age for him to play with. I don't think you have too much to worry about.

Leonora - posted on 03/27/2010

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hahaha..I think it is normal because I used to talk to myself when I was little too..even at this time for a simple reason that I wanted to solve my own problem without bothering others OR because I feel more brave and smart talking to myself:)

Dawn - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hi there, I have a seven year old that does it all the time, to himself or imaginary friends. It is normal I am told and it is just another part of them using their imagination. :)

Stephanie - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 6 year old does the same thing. It's just his way of role playing I guess, because he acts like a teacher and talks to imaginary students. He also talks to himself alot. I think it is normal for this age.

Alexandra - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 9 yr old son has been talking to himself since he was about 5 yrs old. I never discouraged it because I thought since he is an only child he probably was using his imagination to entertain himself.

However now he is in 3rd grade and still talks to himself at times and the other kids in the class are noticing and have called him "crazy." Which has really hurt his feelings.
I don't to stifle his creativity but I don't want him to be the outcast at school as well. I am hoping that maybe he will realize he is committing "social suicide" by talking to himself at school and will just save the talking for when he is at home.

Ricki - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 5 year old is constantly talking (I mean, literally, NON STOP) so she does a lot of it to herself. I was worried that she was getting it from me since I talk to myself all the time, but I'm glad to see it's a normal occurrence!! Now, when she starts arguing with herself...and losing...then we may have issues!!

Tania - posted on 03/25/2010

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hahaha ..... it's normal (in my opinion). I did it too!! My sisters still remind me how I used to love talking to myself (whilst I looked at myself in the mirror mind you!!!). I loved "acting" with a cast of 1

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Lol...this subject is really sweet. Being a mom of a soon to be six year old boy, I notice my little man talking to himself all of the time. I guess when children are the only child, they make up play pals, to make play time more fun. I say let them enjoy themselves.Have a blessed day mommies.♥

Monica - posted on 03/24/2010

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i will have to say yes, my son is 6 going on 7 and has been talking to his self since he was 4. He has an imignairy friend and everything. You just have to make sure you encourage her to play with other kids, it will ease up some. But it is normal.

Anna - posted on 03/24/2010

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Nothing is wrong with you little one. I had imaginary friends when I was little and I have read a lot of replies from parents whose children do as well. Think of it as great imagination and possibly a "safety blanket" for you child. It is also a way for your child to role play in the absence of other children. Is your child happy and content? That is what matters.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/24/2010

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As my mom used to say "We all talk to ourselve the problem is when you answer back" My one son is very much a talk to himself kinda guy we actually both are but I never thought Of it being abnormal I actually think it's cute... They can escape to thier own world... I mean if she was ignoring others or fighting with herself I might be a little put off and most likely would talk to her is that was the case. But I'm really very easy-going and know that it's normal and healthy. So I wouldn't worry

Susan - posted on 03/24/2010

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I also have a 6 year old daughter.She's been talking to herself since she was 3 years old.I think it's pretty normal. :)

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I am glad i found this thread i have a 5 year old girl who is doing the same she talks to her school friend and pretend there still in school and shes the teacher lol... i am very sure its normal..:-)i did it as a kid too.My sister was worst lol she used to play shop with god lol it always makes me laugh thinking of it.. so funny.:-0

Kelly - posted on 03/23/2010

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I would have to say yes it is normal. I have son almost 6 and he is an only child and is always talking to himself or about his imaginary friend all the time. I think it is a great use of their imagination. I ask my son questions about his friend (imaginary) the answers are often different from before. But I use it as a way to make him feel that I'm taking an interest in his life and the things he is doing.

Brandi - posted on 03/22/2010

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This is perfectly normal...my daughter is always playing with her imaginary friends and my son who is now 7 use to as well. they grow out of it. They have good imaginations! don't sweat it!

Ashley - posted on 03/21/2010

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My 5 year old does the same thing, and is not an only child (her brother is 9 months but still), she has invisible friends whom she talks to and tells me stories of their adventures. I think it just means they have active imaginations and there really isnt anything to worry about!

Rebecca - posted on 03/21/2010

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my six year old is sitting talking to herself right now and she has a sister so it's not just an only child syndrome... i actually sometimes find what she says to be hilarious! it's not a problem... good to have an active imagination!

Justine - posted on 03/21/2010

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My son is almost 5 (only child) and talks to himself constantly or tells me stories about his imaginary friends, many of whom have the same names as him and his 'real' friends. I thinks it's a sign of imagination and not really anything to worry about. My childminder has a daughter the same age as my son (not an only child) and she also talks to imaginary friends (usually my son when he is not there!). I think it is fairly common in kids in that age range.

Desirae - posted on 03/04/2010

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I think it is...lol... must be! I am a mother of a six year old only child too. My daughter talks to herself all the time! Probably doesn't help that I do it too.

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