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My 5-Year-Old Has a Boy in Her Bed

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And she told me she plans to sleep with him every single night ...

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Momlogic's Julie: Last weekend, my 5-year-old daughter introduced me to her new friend Rico. Apparently, she's the only one who can see him, but he's very real to her.

She talked and talked and talked to her imaginary friend all week, feeding him, taking him on bike rides, and tucking him in every night to a portable crib. She even set a place for him at the table.

But last night, she told me she had to hurt Rico's feelings. "Mommy, I told Rico he had to go!" she said.


"Because I have a new imaginary friend now ... Alfalfa!"

Apparently she had watched "The Little Rascals" at Grandpa's over the summer and it must have stuck with her.

"But it's really annoying, because Spanky keeps calling and calling on the cell phone," she said with a roll of her eyes.

Did I hop in a time machine back to 1945? Retro!

She told me that Alfalfa will be sleeping with HER now, because she was "really getting tired of making Rico's bed every morning." (Now she knows how I feel when I make hers.)

She also informed me that she doesn't intend to share a bed with her brother on the mini-vacation we are taking today ... even though they always share a double bed when we go to a hotel. She wants him to get a rollaway so she can "sleep with Alfalfa!"

For not, I'm just sitting back waiting for Buckwheat and Darla to join the party ... and enjoying every moment. Because I never know what my Little Rascal is going to do or say next!

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Chrisilla December 8, 2008, 12:51 AM

I can totally relate. My daughter used to have imaginary friends also. She was about the same age. She had the whole gang from the cartoon series “Doug” as her friends. There was Doug, Roger, Patty Mayonaise, Skeeter, Connie, Beebe, and all the others. She used to play baseball and hopscotch with them. I don’t think they ever slept over or ate there, but who knows, they weren’t my friends. She is 18 years old now and is the best daughter anyone could ever hope for. She is very creative and has had her first book published with many more floating around in her wonderful imagination.

Angela December 8, 2008, 12:12 PM

My daughter brings her preschool friends home with her every day - but they are invisible. The actual kids go to their own homes. :-) I was a little worried because she’s an only child… but I’m glad to see other kids, with siblings, have their own variety of invisible friends as well!

Varina December 12, 2008, 10:45 AM

I can totally relate. It was so funny when my daughter was 4 years old she wouldn’t take a bath nor a shower unless Mr. Bean was with her. Yes Mr.Bean was her imaginary friend. This was way before the comedy man was known. She would sing to him while she was taking her bath.

Anonymous February 20, 2009, 1:28 AM

I’m 14, and I have imaginary friends from horror movies.

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