Here’s a quick tip for pretty much all people, everywhere: Do not tell people you’re negative opinions of their kids names; born or unborn.
Once I had someone leave a rude comment on Facebook that, thinking my kids were named after football players, said, “Thems really loves the football, huh?”
Even worse than that, someone commented that I should be shot for spelling my daughters name the way I would.
(By the way, they weren’t named after football players.)
All of these are fine opinions to have, honestly. But they are ones that should be kept INSIDE your brain.
Wait — aren’t these common decency rules we learned when we were five?
I’ve noticed a trend among almost everyone that has had a baby the last few years, and that is, they won’t tell anyone the name until the baby is born.
And the reason why, is because people are jerks.
The biggest offenders are usually family members, since they are the ones that feel their opinion matters the most. They will make a grimacing face or flat out tell you the name you picked is stupid.
Second to family members are just people that in general want to tell you a horror story of someone they used to know with that same name.
There was a kid named Henry in their kindergarten class who ate glue and had a lazy eye and so you should definitely, for sure NOT name your kid Henry.
I knew a girl named Iris… I hated her so much.
No one needs to hear anything about the name they have chosen for their baby except, “Great choice!”
And that’s the truth: it IS a great choice. Because whether you prefer the name or not, they have chosen it for their own special reason.
They have probably made lists, debated, and carefully, thoughtfully picked out the perfect name for this new human.
So… like we all learned in Kindergarten… if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. ♥
These sweet personalized swaddle blankets are just precious. They can wear they’re perfectly picked name proudly!
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.