Is it normal for a child to have imaginary friends... that she says are ghosts?

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Cheyenne - posted on 03/11/2009

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hey i persnally believe that all children can see ghosts/spirits etc. my cousin now 9 had an imaginary friend that she spoke with. we took her to a pshycic who said her imaginary friend was her gaurdian angel, at the time she was going through some difficult times. her imaginary friends sometimes wouldnt leave her alone, we just told her to tell them to go away. seemed to work for her, I guess it is all in what you believe. if your child is using her/his imagination then encourage it! even if you dont believe in ghosts, at least theimagination is working right?!

Christine - posted on 03/11/2009

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I know not everyone believes in ghosts. but for me I do as I am an adult who has had experiences my whole life. And now that I have three children of my own they also see and hear things as well. I would not be worried if she isnt scared. But my son was always a little frightened as my daughters are not. So i would just ask before hed go to bed or if he seems them during the day to just please leave him alone he isnt ready for you. And then everything would be fine. I hope this helps.

Windsor - posted on 03/11/2009

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Ghosts are a matter of personal opinion. I personally believe in WHY NOT. There is no definitive evidence to prove either case. Don't discourage her.

Windsor - posted on 03/11/2009

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Yes; very active imaginations. People also say that children have this natural sixth sense that they are raised to grow out of. Perfectly normal. I'd see what she can tell you about them and do some research. You never know.

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My daughter is almost 5 and she also sees ghosts. It actually has only been one so far but I know that's what it was because I saw it too. I agree with Amie, as long as they aren't scaring her or trying to hurt her then I think it's ok. If she does start saying they are scaring her then you should do something about it. It is very scary for a child to see a mean ghost, I know because I saw them when I was little too. If she still sees them when shes older just start teaching her about it and maybe finding ways to help her deal with them... they can get very annoying lol

Amie - posted on 03/11/2009

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I wouldn't if she's talking with them and not getting upset by it. As for are they really ghosts? Well I can't honestly answer without being there. lol! If you heard something though it probably is. Sounds like you have a bit of a gift yourself. =) If you daughter though ever does get upset by one then you'd have to do something. We had to get rid of one last year that had somehow wandered into our home. Our dog and cats didn't even like whoever it was and it was constantly waking up our younger two in the middle of the night and scaring the bejesus out of them.

Katie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Oh my! You guys don't know how much this has helped calm me! At first I just thought she had imaginary friends, until one day I heard her talking to someone and I could have sworn I heard them talking back! I went in to look and it was just her! I didn't know what to think!

But, so then, are they really ghosts? And I shouldn't discourage her?

Amie - posted on 03/11/2009

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It's quite normal. All of my kids, even my 8 1/2 yr old, see ghosts. But then we believe. I've never told my children that what they see isn't real. It could cause them to stifle their gift. Some mom's won't agree it's a gift but that's their own beliefs. =) I was just raised this way and my hubby had a little bit of a hard time with it until he saw our resident ghost. lol! Anyway, so long as they/it/him/her isn't scaring your little one it's perfectly fine. Some kids do eventually out grow being able to see but some don't. My 8 1/2 yr old is funny though, we'll hear in her room at night telling whoever it is to go away, I can't play now it's bedtime. LOL!

Betty - posted on 03/11/2009

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I think that is Normal.. but like the below says it depends on what you believe, My daughter talks to Callie, someday call is imaginary and sometimes she is an object like her bat, she cares that bat around and says Hi Callie, or good girl Callie. Toddlers are very imaginative, maybe she got the idea of ghosts from a show or book.. I think I would be more worried if my child didn't use her imagination on a regular basis..

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That all depends on what you believe. I think it's very true, my 6 yr old does. Has since he could talk. Everytime he goes to his "Nonna's" house he goes downstairs to a certain part of the room and says hi to someone. He's done it several times through out his life. I don't encourage talking too much about it because I don't want to scare him or teach him too much for his little mind to understand. I just ask him questions about what he sees to verify he's not making it up :)

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