Nicknames are a rite of passage; whether your name is long and convoluted or short and popular, you’ve almost certainly been given at least one by classmates or coworkers. Except for unpleasant or offensive nicknames, most parents are happy with the knowledge that their child’s name will be abbreviated or played with at some time; it’s just a part of life. However, there is an exception to every rule, and some parents simply cannot bear the thought of their child’s treasured name being reduced at all. One mother was so concerned that her son Andrew was dubbed “Andy” that she wrote into her local radio station to complain. Read the story and share your thoughts on this/
ASKING FOR A FRIEND:
“I love my 7-year-old son’s name, “Andrew” but I hate the nickname “Andy.” When we named him “Andrew” we agreed to only use the long version and never the nickname… We moved over the summer, and somehow he has become “Andy” in his new school!…
I made an appointment with the teacher to discuss the situation. She apologized and said that she would call him Andrew. She said she would make one class announcement.
As you can imagine, this has been totally ineffective. All the kids are still calling him Andy. I made another appointment with the teacher, but she was not helpful. She said that Andrew never objects to being called Andy and sometimes even introduces himself as Andy.
To me, this is irrelevant. He is 7 years old, I am his mother, and I get to decide what people call him. She is not willing to correct the other students in the moment when they call him Andy. I would like to take this matter to the principal. My husband feels like I’m overreacting… If we don’t get this under control now, he will be “Andy” for the rest of his life!”