Am I the only one that's annoyed by children's nicknames?
I had a lot of nicknames growing up – many of them strange, but they never took precedent over my actual name.
In my husband’s family, as soon as a child is born they are given a nickname and, from that day forward, their real name doesn’t matter.
I’m not talking about shortened versions of the child’s name (Josh for Joshua, Alex for Alexandrea, etc) or even terms of endearment (sweetie, baby, hunny). I’m talking about cutesy names like peanut, bunny, or cricket.
When we have kids, we’re thinking about sending out a memo: “THIS IS OUR CHILD’S NAME! PLEASE USE IT!”
I know most kids have nicknames, but calling the kid “monk” or “turtle” or “spiderman” more often than their name just gets under my skin. I almost forgot my husband’s nephew’s name because no one EVER called him by it.
This has turned into a bit of a rant, but what do you think about this? Has anyone encountered this before? Is it pretty common?