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
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?
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