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amother




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Post Sat, May 28 2022, 5:12 pm
She lines up all her dolls, toys teddies and still plays every day.

The content she gives over is very mature, she wishes to be a teacher one day.

Just wondering because she can do this for aages in her room all by herself and does it nearly every day.

She also uses loads of props whiteboards, charts point systems,tokens etc...
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Makes me a little bit uneasy sometimes that shes so into it....like shouldnt she be growing out of fantasy world at this age??

Im too embaressed to ask any of her friends mothers right now..

Also when she has friends over they do join in, but I always wonder if they actually want to...

Any thought pls, especially if you have a daughter the same age..

Thanks so much.
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amother




Lightcoral
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 6:47 pm
Totally normal.
Enjoy her.
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amother




Wallflower
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 7:01 pm
I have a son that age, but my niece who is 10 is obsessed with playing schools too. She does it all very professionally. It's cute to watch. And she's a very mature 10 year old. Seems normal to me
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healthymom1




 
 
 
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 7:23 pm
I remember playing school with my friend at that age. Totally normal
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amother




Dahlia
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 7:48 pm
My daughter is 11 and a half and plays school with her friends too. If she enjoys it's not a problem.
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runninglate




 
 
 
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 7:59 pm
Yes
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amother




Steelblue
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 8:22 pm
Totally normal and when she stops in the next couple of years you will wax nostalgic for it…

She seems to playing school on a higher and appropriate age level.

Enjoy the sweetness…
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amother




Catmint
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 9:10 pm
I did the same at her age and now I'm a teacher 🙂
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amother




Snow
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 9:11 pm
Very appropriate!
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#BestBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 9:56 pm
Playing school at that age is normal.

But it is preferable to play with friends rather than alone with dolls.

Does your DD have friends?
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amother




Royalblue
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 10:56 pm
My 12yr old DD loves playing teacher, she doesn't call it playing, just "teaching", as in , "Mommy, I'm in the middle of a lesson, coming soon!"
I think it's an adorable and healthy hobby
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seeker




 
 
 
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 11:23 pm
Normal has a very wide range and this is definitely in there.
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amother




Olive
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 11:37 pm
I’m a fifth grade teacher. My students always ask me for extra copies to take home to play school.
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amother




Razzmatazz
 

Post Sat, May 28 2022, 11:52 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
She lines up all her dolls, toys teddies and still plays every day.

The content she gives over is very mature, she wishes to be a teacher one day.

Just wondering because she can do this for aages in her room all by herself and does it nearly every day.

She also uses loads of props whiteboards, charts point systems,tokens etc...
.
Makes me a little bit uneasy sometimes that shes so into it....like shouldnt she be growing out of fantasy world at this age??

Im too embaressed to ask any of her friends mothers right now..

Also when she has friends over they do join in, but I always wonder if they actually want to...

Any thought pls, especially if you have a daughter the same age..

Thanks so much.


Sounds like she upgraded this to her age level.
At this age my son tried to make movies with his lego figures.
I used to draw my own newspaper.
My daughter would go to help out in a playgroup - she was reliable enough and loved young kids!

Maybe your daughter could try that too.
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soapsuds




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 12:03 am
Absolutely normal! My kids used to play school well into 5th 6th grade, mostly with friends, but one DD used to engage in fantasy play with dolls and mentchies even at that age. As a teen, she’s still very imaginative but expresses it in a more mature way. She enjoys writing fantasy stories just for fun, makes up stories in her head about random people she sees on the street. Some kids are just naturally more into these things. As long as there’s a healthy balance and it doesn’t take the place of socializing with real friends, or participating in real life, there’s no harm in that.

Kids like this are usually very creative. Enjoy her and let her enjoy this fun stage in life.
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amother




Calendula
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 12:28 am
Sounds normal
Maybe she’s doesn’t have actual people to play with
At that age I played it with my siblings or just played with the props and had imaginary people
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Sesame




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 2:17 am
Very normal. I’d guess it will stop by 12.
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amother




Dandelion
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 2:22 am
A ten year old doesn't have to give up fantasy and imagination so soon. Let her enjoy being a child.
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amother




Cadetblue
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 6:51 am
Totally normal at that age. By 12 and up it starts petering out.
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amother




OP
 

Post Sun, May 29 2022, 2:32 pm
Wow thanks so much everyone for replying.
And reassurance.

Yes she does play with others aswel.
She also closes herself in her room and says 'we cant disturb her lessons'.

Im glad it sounds normal ish.
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