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#1 beabea

Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:14 AM

I'm putting this is the 5-8 category as I assume it peters out by eight in most kids. But I'm not entirely clear. What I want to know is, what's the latest time kids start having imaginary friends?

DS is 4.5yo and has never had one. I'm really not used to kids who don't have imaginary friends and not sure how common it is. Seems like most kids I know (now and remembering from childhood) had one at some stage or another, if not more than one. I actually had a whole circle of imaginary friends and they were all quite vivid.

Could it still be coming or is it unlikely he'll start if he hasn't already? I'm just wondering what this says about him socially that he's not interested in imagining friends when he's clearly interested in imagining all sorts of other things.

#2 saxa

Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:35 AM

Does your DS have siblings?

Not that it's a huge deal but my DS who is now 9 had several from about 3.5 to 5ish.

He is an only child and I know a lot of other only children who have never had one but I also know kids with siblings with siblings who have had them.

I don't think there are rules either way.

Edited by saxa, 18 January 2013 - 07:55 AM.

#3 beabea

Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:02 AM

QUOTE (saxa @ 18/01/2013, 12:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does your DS have siblings?

Not that it's a huge deal but my DS who is now 9 had several from about 3.5 to 5ish.

He is an only child and I know a lot of other only children who have never had one but I also know kids with siblings with siblings who have had them.

I don't think there are rules either way.

He does have a sister, although she is not yet two so her ability to really play with him is fairly recent. Seems like it could go either way with the siblings, though.

#4 Funwith3

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

My daughters are nearly 8, and 5. Neither of them have ever had one.

#5 The Awesome One

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

DS1 used to have one but he seems to have grown out of it (he's 6 now) and DD has one at the moment (hers is a spider and she gives it this creepy voice that freaks me out), DS2 though doesn't have one and I can't really see him ever having one, he just isn't that sort of kid.

#6 **Xena**

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

A lot of kids don't have one, fairly normal original.gif

My 8, 7 and 4 year old all have several but they aren't around constantly. My 4yo's are usually only around when she did something naughty so that she can blame it on them laughing2.gif

Edited by **Xena**, 18 January 2013 - 03:33 PM.

#7 cinderellainsydney

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

DD (now 5.5) has had an imaginary friend for a couple of years now, and it's a very convenient one...it all started when the imaginary friend started to get blamed for accidents that were happening around the home. So this imaginary friend has a purpose.

Some children skip the crawling stage, but they can still walk! So imaginary friends don't mean much except I think that it's a self soothing activity for the child.

DD is an only child.

#8 katrina24

Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

I have 2 daughters.  Dd1 had an imaginary friend at 2 yo but DD2 has never had one. If anything I would say that Dd2 has better play and social skills (while DD1 is more academic).

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