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Aibu to think my kid sees ghosts

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Lime19 Sun 26-Feb-17 19:59:43

My ds (2.5 years) keeps coming out with really creepy things.

He keeps falling over in his cot and saying "somebody pushed me".

He also dropped a toy car under his cot and when I asked where it went he said quite calmly "the little boy has taken that car now".

Is this normal?! Anyone else have a kid that comes out with creepy things.

StylishDuck Sun 26-Feb-17 20:02:17

My 2yo keeps looking into the dark hall and saying "hello lady!" shock

Good job I don't believe in ghosts grin

allchattedout Sun 26-Feb-17 20:03:38

I would be shit scared to be honest, but I am easily spooked.

Batteriesallgone Sun 26-Feb-17 20:05:26

Do you think it's because he gets a big reaction from you? Or an odd one? I mean if you tense, or go a bit pale or something, he might be enjoying that.

I got super freaked out at something the other night with just me and DD (2) in the house. I was carrying her and had one of those heart-stop moments before I rationalised it. I looked at her worried I'd maybe frightened her and she was just staring at me fascinated! Clearly thinking ooh this is a side of mummy I haven't seen....

Buzzardbird Sun 26-Feb-17 20:06:14

i'd watch that OP, sounds like everything that happens in his life will be someone else's fault. ;)

TizzyDongue Sun 26-Feb-17 20:06:51

Well it's not unheard of for young children to behave like this. Whether it's ghosts or not is a matter the jury is out on.

My ds1 used to talk about 'the boy in his room' im not particular believer in ghosts but it spooked me no end!!

Turned out a small boy had temporarily moved in to the rental next door without us knowing. DS was hearing him through the air vent!! It could be your DS's imaginative excuses for his messing around.

PoorYorick Sun 26-Feb-17 20:09:53

I remember saying these sorts of things as a kid...I also said the sorts of things that were on that recent 'creepy things your children say' thread.

The best way to describe it, from my perspective at least, is that as a child I didn't have that clear sense of being distinct and fully separate from the rest of the world; if I heard of something happening to someone else, or saw it, I felt on some level that it had happened to me too. I guess it was an undeveloped sense of self. I didn't have a full concept of death either, so I would say things like I had died or someone had killed me. I could come back as many people; I didn't have a fully developed identity yet.

I also didn't really know the difference between fantasy and reality; when dropping paper down the side of my bed to feed my pet crocodile, on one hand I sort of knew there wasn't a crocodile there but on the other I did on some level sincerely believe there was. Same thing with ladies on the stairs and children in the walls, especially if your child has an imaginary friend (which, funnily enough, I didn't). Kids can hold this sort of dual belief. It's why they will sometimes say the most outrageous things but not actually be lying.

That's why this sort of thing doesn't creep me out; I remember doing it myself and what a blurry, indistinct mess of perceptions, identities and feelings you have as a small child. But I understand why it can be unnerving...

Hgmother Sun 26-Feb-17 20:14:07

My kid has always stared / laughed at one spot on her bedroom wall / ceiling. Even as a newborn. She's 2.5 now and talks about the man in her room.

One night she woke up screaming (not like her at all) and she said the man was scary, I turned the light on and said "there's no one here see?!" To which she replied "but mummy he's behind you" RIGHT THAT'S IT! INTO MY BED WE GO I thought haha.

It's also really freakishly cold in her room. It's tiny in a tiny house, no draughts, radiator works, rest of the tiny house can be hot and hers is freezing.

I'm not convinced on the ghost thing but it is creepy.

Flowerfae Sun 26-Feb-17 20:14:15

Maybe, but could also be his imagination or something he has seen/heard from somewhere and it has stuck in his head.

When DS was 4, he was being assessed at a childrens centre for Autism, he didn't speak, well he did but it was jumbled up words rather then sentences. I was with him in the waiting room and he stood up.. looked out the window and said (normal speech, no jumbled up words) 'there is sad alice?' I said 'what? who do you mean' then he repeated 'sad alice' I looked behind me out of the window, didn't see anything so I said 'oh .. okay... why is she sad?' DS: 'because she has red dripping down her face'.
I don't know what freaked me out more, what he said or the fact that he said it in a way that I could understand :\ :\

Applebite Sun 26-Feb-17 20:18:14

My half brother has a much younger half brother on the other side (I mean the parent we don't share had another baby, not the occult side!). Tragically DB's best friend was killed in a car accident at just 17.

Few weeks later, he was babysitting his mini half brother, who was 2 or 3 at the time. Mini turned to him, holding out the receiver on his toy phone, and said, "its for you!"

Then added: "it's xxx xxxxxxx. He says he's alright now."

DB said he nearly shat himself!

seagazer Sun 26-Feb-17 20:18:45

I think very young children are still able to see glimpses of where they're from, itms. We lose the ability as we get older. Nothing to worry about though.

picklemepopcorn Sun 26-Feb-17 20:23:05

Children rehearse language, and often use it out of context. So he can't se E the car 'because the little boy took it'. It's a good phrase to explain why something is gone. It's not right this time, but it could be. They get tenses wrong too, so 'when I was your mummy' etc.

Or they can see ghosts...
DS1 was very convincing.

isthistoonosy Sun 26-Feb-17 20:23:24

Ds 3yrs had a right strop on friday as he wanted to sleep under his bed so he could play with the monster that lives there.

And he assures me that I / his mummy lives in the lake, in the water. He and his dad live on a boat.

CigarsofthePharoahs Sun 26-Feb-17 20:24:02

My eldest used to blame things on "The mans."
Something knocked over, something lost etc "Mummy, the mans did it."
Weird, yes. Till I realised that The Mans was in fact his right hand, which he'd stand up so the fingers were legs and would walk along.
I chalk it all up to the simple truth that children are odd.

WorraLiberty Sun 26-Feb-17 20:27:19

He's 2, of course it's normal.

However this being Mumsnet, some will have you believe he's a regular little ghost buster.

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