• I Think My Kid Sees Dead People

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Darcy in Crib Notes, Parenting.

    There is a famous story in my family about my brother Chris from when he was three years old. One night, my brother woke my dad up in bed, which was not all that unusual. Only this night, my brother said to my dad, “I vant to drink your blood.” My brother was pretty much still asleep when he uttered the words, full on Transylvania accent included. My dad screamed and woke my mom up – it probably did not help matters that my dad was in the middle of reading the Exorcist. The next morning my brother did not remember the incident, and hence the creepy Chris story was immortalized.

    Fast forward thirty some-odd years. Scene: around 6 o’clock on a winter weekday night. My husband was out of town on business, and I was home alone with my then 20 month old son. We were in the kitchen, and I was in the process of feeding him dinner, when he stopped eating his beans, looked up at me and said quietly and seriously in his little toddler voice, “Mommy, there’s a man downstairs.”


    Yes, my son totally freaked me out, and I started wondering if it was possible that my kid had the sixth sense. I picked myself off the floor, inched away from the basement door, and finally asked him, “What man?” By that point he had resumed eating his beans like nothing had ever happened. I asked him repeatedly “WHAT MAN?” but he only looked up at me and said, “What?”

    Then this past week I had a conversation with my now almost three year old son about why he cannot have a motorcycle for his third birthday. (Or ever, if it’s up to me!) I explained that he will not be able to ride a motorcycle until he is very big. After what appeared to be an understanding on my son’s part, he looked at me and again very seriously said, “I used to be a very famous motorcycle rider when I was big.”


    Does my son see dead people? Does he have memories of a past life? Or is his newfound favorite show, Scooby Doo, to blame???

    Shortly after the “man downstairs” incident, I remembered that we had had a plumber at the house earlier that day, and my son was likely only recounting the fact that there had been a man in our basement that morning. Darn toddlers and their limited language skills and lack of understanding of present/past tense!

    Yes, I am quite certain there are very simple explanations for the creepy things our kids sometimes say. My son’s language abilities and vocabulary are growing and expanding daily at an astounding rate. His world is also expanding every day at school and with his new friends (and admittedly with movies and television). And while yes, sometimes he says some things in a particular way that might give me the willies, most of the time I am in awe and delight of my child and his awesome little blossoming personality.

    But honestly I wish he wouldn’t ask me, “What’s that noise?” as often as he does when we’re home alone.

    Have your kids ever said anything that freaked you out? Did you ever get an explanation??

    Scary Emmett

    Mommy, who’s that man with the axe behind you?

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Abigail says:

    Since my daughter was about 8 months, she used to always wave to two specific spots in our apartment. It would happen anytime we were in the living room or bedroom and she wanted to nurse. Before she latched on, she would turn and wave to that spot. I always thought it was strange, but didn’t think too much of it.

    Then we moved into our house when she was 12 months. She continued to wave goodbye before her nighttime feeding. She also began sharing her food to a specific spot. Anytime she was in her high chair, she would pick up a piece of food and reach out to a specific spot. It was the same direction every time and she would do it just as she would if she was trying to share with me.

    I finally said, “who’s there, Eloise?” Is it Yia Yia Rena? Can you point to Yia Yia Rena? And she pointed to that spot where she shares her food.

    I can’t think of anything except that my grandmother visits us for my daughter’s meals and when she nurses. If there is another explanation for this, I would love to hear it!!

    • Darcy says:

      I don’t think my children would have survived your experience. Seeing a ghost (even a friendly one) every nursing session or meal time? Yeah, sorry kids, no more eating for you!

      Was your Yia Yia a big “feeder?” You know, like, “Eat! Eat!” Either way, I would go with your explanation. It’s a lovely thought that your grandmother would want to visit your daughter. (Still a bit spooky, though. lol)

  2. Nicole says:

    I’m not clicking on that link; I’m home alone all the time with my kid! Advice: get a dog. I got mine 10 years ago when living alone in a creepy (at night) barn apartment. Not that the dog will protect me (except against squirrels), but at least I know that he’ll howl and run around if there’s actually someone/something in the house…

  3. Noa says:

    Not that April can talk, but sometimes she gets very quiet and stares off into the distance and I wonder if she is having deep thoughts or she sees a ghost. It’s a toss up.

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