My son is almost 3 years old. About 2 months ago he started screaming off and on during bedtime saying that he sees "birdies". At first we thought this was a ploy to stay awake longer but the way he cried definitely had a "terrified" tone to it-not just a pretend cry. Sometimes it will happen before he falls asleep, sometimes it will happen during the night. He does experience night terrors from time to time but I definitely know the difference and his behavior is quite different in the two events.
These "birdies" seem to scare the daylights out of him and he begs us to tell them to go away. Sometimes we have to tell them several times to leave but it seems they do, and then he goes right to sleep and is fine. His eyes also follow the "birdies" around the room.
Now the situation has evolved more because yesterday DH, myself and DS were snuggled in bed in my room and my son keep saying "scarey". We asked him what was scarey and he said "scary girl". We asked him where is the scary girl and he pointed to the corner of my bedroom. This was in the middle of the day and he was wide awake.
Here are the other details to consider: I saw ghosts when I was a child. I remember it very vividly. It happened more than once and it terrified me. My grandmother saw visions and had "psychic" dreams. Her father had various "psychic" abilities which included being able to make objects move (I never saw this as he passed before I was born but my father and several family members claim to have witnessed it). I also have a 5 year old niece that claims to see "scary people". I have felt uneasy in this house, like someone is watching me, and strange things do happen here such as loud noises, doors opening etc...
I am very concerned that my son is seeing ghosts/angels/spirits etc... And I don't know what to do for him. I'm not sure if this is just a child's imagination? My mother is concerned he has a mental illness. I would really like to hear from others that have knowledge of similar events and get some feedback. Quite frankly I'm freaking out.