Thursday, February 25, 2010

Imaginary Friends

Admit it, when you were little you used to have a blanket that you carried around until it fell apart. Or a teddy bear that you would buckle up beside you in the backseat of the car. Maybe you had a doll that you would insist needed a plate at the kitchen table.

Well, Aiden has an imaginary friend...

I know that some parents become really concerned when their child invents an imaginary friend, but I know that it is a completely normal part of childhood. Almost 2/3 of children have them at some point during childhood.

In fact, when I was little I had an imaginary friend of my own.

Her name was Carrie and I did everything with her. We played outside on the swingset. We played school with my dolls. We even dug for dinosaur bones together in the backyard. I'm not sure how long we were friends, but one day Carrie had to move away.

While my imaginary friend was a girl my own age, Aiden's imaginary friend is


(photo credit)

A baby hyena! (He looked through pictures of baby hyenas with me until he found one that looked like his). He calls him "Baby Hyenie" (pronounced hi-E-nee).

Baby Hyenie joined our family when I was pregnant with Holden. For a short time, he even lived in Aiden's tummy. Aiden isn't as involved with his imaginary friend as I was. He only gets Baby Hyenie out every once in awhile. Mostly, he likes to tell me the naughty things that Baby Hyenie does to his mommy.

"Mommy, Baby Hyenie took the chewing gum out of his mommy's bag and then he got it all in his hair!" Of course this is followed by excited laughter.

Other times, he blames Baby Hyenie for things that he's worried he's going to get in trouble for doing. For example, today he emptied a bottle of glitter on the table. When I walked in the room, he dropped his jaw and gasped, "Mommy! Look what Baby Hyenie did!"

Here are a few pictures of Aiden with Baby Hyenie:







Did you or your children ever have an imaginary friend?

54 comments:

Cop Mama said...

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mooneyequalsmc2 said...

I never had an imaginary friend, nor did my first born...but I think that it is ADORABLE and a sign of intelligence and creativity. Maybe my youngest will have someone imaginary in his life!

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Kelly's Lucky You said...

I'm a new follower from Friday Follow. Nice to meet you! I'm subscribing by email too, looking forward to reading more adventures ....

WOW, this story makes me say, "awwww". Thanks for sharing it. Although I think the pic of Baby Hyenie (sic) is kinda scary, hehehe.

My daughter, Rosie, doesn't have an imaginary friend, but she does have a lovey, well, actually, two. Lamby and Lamby-with-the-pink-pajamas. Lamby looks, ummm, how to say this?, well-loved. Hard to guess by seeing her, but Lamby doesn't like to take a bath. Imagine that!

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How cute! I ALWAYS wanted an imaginary friend...:)
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lifeinbeverlyhills said...

Wonderfully creative!!! My 4 1/2 year old daughter has imaginary brothers and sisters, and imaginary kids. They have been with us for about a year and a half. She is slowly growing out of it but I asked her pedi and her teachers and it's so normal...and entertaining!!! She used to *buckle* them into the car every time we got in, which added a good couple of minutes to our routine. Now I think they live someplace else b/c they come over quite often, then go home. Have fun!

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Auntie E said...

Hi, here from Friday follow... Oh yes my daughter had several. A funny story... We went to Disney and was in line for a water ride , When we got to the top the lady asked how many, I say 3 and my daughter said, no mommy it 5. she was counting her imaginary friends. so I corrected the number riding.,lol.
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Judy said...

Hi! Stopping in from Friday Follow and I'm now following you.
I don't think I ever had an imaginary friend, but I loved pretending I was a teacher all the time and had my own class...I named all my students and taught lessons. What can I say...my dad was a teacher :)
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Very sweet! Sounds like he has quite the imagination!

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Emmy said...

So far not one consistent friend. They will often have an imaginary someone that is with them for the time, but it changes from day to day

♥Georgie♥ said...

That is precious...my youngest daughter had an imaginary friend...that we now think was a ghost...i know right?

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happygal said...

My kids have a whole other world they have created called Kameeko. So they just were asking me this last night. Ridiculous as it is, as a child, my imaginary friends were named Teeny and Casserole, after my favorite food, Tuna Casserole. Could I get any more Minnesotan?

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Annette Kerr said...

LOL I loved this post - thanks for sharing! :D

My twin girls occasionally play with imaginary friends or pets, and tell me off for sitting on them / squashing them / shutting them out the door!! ;)

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Krissy said...

My 4 year old has an imaginary friend. I hear it's pretty normal unless they have had one beyond age 6. :)

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Angela said...

I just read somewhere that when a young child has an imaginary friend it is a sign of being gifted :) I had a imaginary friend when I was younger. Not so much because I was gifted, but b/c I lived in the country, was the only child (at that time) and was bored out of my mind!! New Friday Follower.

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MannMom3 said...

Ha! So cute!

My son had 7 imaginary friends and it kinda creeped me out a little.:-)

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Nicole said...

When my 3 year-old son plays with his doctor kit, he pretends he's working with another doctor named Dr. Shreddie. We have no clue where that one came from, but it's very cute!! My two boys are right around the same age as yours btw :-)

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fraizerbaz said...

My 7 year old daughter has been carrying around the same blankies since before she can remember! And yes, we've done the baby dolls buckled up in the car routine even recently.

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~~Mel~~ said...

Cutest 'imaginary friend' story ever! I love it!

I never had an imaginary friend and neither did Riley...I guess we're the oddballs lol. He did go through a period where he changed his name to "Steve" (he was obsessed with Blues Clues at the time)...he wouldn't answer to anything but for about 6 months when he was 2.5 lol.

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Stefany said...

My kids don't have imaginary friends but my 3 year old has a very active imagination. ha!

I think it is very cute and I am glad you take it for what it is, a fun childhood experience. :)

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For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Cute. My boys have never had imaginary friends...but I wouldn't mind. I think it is cute...I suppose it could get a little uncomfortable if it becomes too much. Cute blog!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Hi-E-nee - I love it! So cute how he's "holding" his little friend.

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Cher said...

Too cute! My son is Aidan too - but with an 'an'

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a little late, but following you from friday follow.. (=

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Heatherlyn said...

I don't think my kids did. But, I know that it is normal. And I love Aiden's creativity!!!

coleemmett said...

Mommy had a herd of imaginary purple cows that lived in the back yard!

Messy Mommy said...

How funny! I never did have an imaginary friend. My son does. His name is Jason and he's been with us for a LONG time. Hubby got concerned but I told him it was normal.