Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Nuisance of Nicknames

All of our kids have nicknames that they are called on a regular basis. For a while, we used to wonder if Alex and Olivia would ever know their real names since they were called by their nicknames so often.

Each child has one primary nickname and then secondary and tertiary offshoots of that nickname. They also each have generic pet names that they get called a lot, like "sweetie,: "chief," "buddy," etc.

The nicknames all have stories behind them and are just part of our family tradition. I honestly couldn't imagine not having nicknames for them. And each child feels special because they have their own unique nickname.

So you might be wondering - what's the problem then?

Well, let me explain. As anybody with more than 1 child can probably tell you, sometimes it's easy to get names mixed up when you are calling or talking to your child. But when each of your 4 children have at least 4 unique names that they answer to, sometimes you have to go through 12 different names before you get the right one. And that can be a a nuisance!

4 comments:

Kirby3131 8:48 PM  

Even without nicknames my mother goes through the cats names sometimes before hitting on my name.

Andie 11:01 PM  

I have the same problem. Three kiddos...MANY names for each one. Last year I was trying to call one of them in a hurry, and instead of "Abbie, Andrew, Bethany" it came out "BABBADOO!!" Hey, whaddaya know...one name calls ALL 3 of them!! Gotta keep that up!
:o)

CC 5:21 AM  

Yah, I sometimes call my husband my brother's name. He loves that one.

Amy 12:10 PM  

I love it when my kids call each other the nicknames we've given them. SO CUTE to hear the three year old call the baby "Sugar-bee."

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