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My daughter has a 'friend' who does mean things to her and teaches her things I'm not comfortable with. Normal?

My 3yo daughter first met this 'friend' in the bathroom mirror of my mom's house. Then the 'friend' started showing up in our bathroom mirror. Now she's playing with her outside and in her room. My daughter will sometimes come in crying that this friend has hit/push/throw dirt @ her. Today my daughter cried when I dropped her off @ school, when picked her up she told me she was afraid I wouldn't pick her up because I would be dead. Later she told me that this 'friend' is the one telling her about death.
I told my daughter that her 'friend' can't come around her anymore until she learns to be nice and stops saying mean and sad things. Do you think that my daughter will eventually grow out of this?

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In Topics: Preschool, Self esteem and identity, Children and stress
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AnnieFox
Oct 24, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Because this imaginary friend is "saying" things that are upsetting and disturbing your daughter she needs help. I would strongly suggest you make an appointment with a child psychologist who specializes in working with preschoolers.

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JazzylaniCutie
JazzylaniCu... writes:
When kids have imaginary friends, it usually means they are a little lonely or just for fun. If your daughter is not seeking joy from an imaginary friend, then she is making herself cry. i reccomend first getting some parenting books, or professionel help from a pediatriciton or a counsler.
Or you could simply say, "Calm down. No one is hurting you.  Everything's okay____! She's not a real friend." Also enforce lots of fun playdates, and since she is still 3 i dont reccomend sleepovers until shes around 6 or 7.

Remeber you are a still a good parent :)
~~JW~~
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strait-up-now-tell-me
strait-up-n... writes:
call me crazy but i dont think its an imaginary friend. look up indigo children or paranormal children, mirrors are a portal, dont be scared your baby girl will be okay shes not crazy and sure go bring her to a shrink they might help you cancel out mental illness and plug in paranormal
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ZULEYMA
ZULEYMA writes:
Dear friend

if this is a imaginary friend, who causes a scar to your daughter , it time to seek help,  not just telling your daughter that her imaginary friend to go away will help., sometimes they need help to face their imaginary friend , but also make sure there isn't more too what she is hearing or saying.
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