My daughter LP has always had an extremely vivid imagination and at 6 she still gets reality mixed up with her imaginary world. When she was 2 years old she pretended that Diego and Baby Jaguar were her companions. We were outback in the field walking our dog, Zeego and LP was walking her imaginary friend Baby Jaguar. All of the sudden LP tripped into the soft dirt. She was crying hysterically and no one could console her. I was frantically checking for broken bones, lacerated appendages or missing limbs. My mother-in-law realized that LP thought she had fallen on top of her imaginary friend and crushed him. We pretended to pick up her little friend and nurse him back to health. We stood by relieved that she was calm but amazed by her sense of imagination.
Recently this imagination has begun to create a few sleep problems and a bit of disappointment. LP has decided that her bucket is an actual wishing well. She hides it underneath the desk in the kitchen. It is a simple bucket we painted and used during preschool. It is not fancy or special in any way but to her it is magic. She begged Matt and I for over a week to build her a well in the backyard so she could make her wishes. Our compromise was this little bucket which was originally placed in the garage and has now found its way inside. She steals moments to go underneath the desk, drop her coins in the water while she whispers her wishes into bucket.
This all seems very cute and a beautiful demonstration of childhood dreams. We have tried to support her and give her opportunities to express herself and develop her creativity. Our issue is she believes these wishes will come true with all of her heart. She has found me early in the morning weeping that she did wake up with her wings that she wished for the night before. She has had a hard time falling asleep with the excitement of a wish come true, an excitement that seems to exceed the anticipation of Santa’s arrival on Christmas morning. Matt and I are both at a loss. We do not want to take away from her childhood dreams or steal the magic away but we are not sure how healthy this is for her. I have made up excuses for the missing wishes. I explained that when she falls asleep her wishes are coming true that she is flying over the town spreading fairy dust on all of her friends. I was hoping that this would help her fall asleep, eliminate the disappointment but allow her to keep her imagination in tact until she was ready to dismiss it on her own. This approach seems to have worked but it feels like a patch rather than a solution.
I am curious to see if anyone else has experienced this type of issue with their children. What should we do??