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Name calling – parents calling their children cute names as a way of affection and love

Do you think giving your children affectionate names is demeaning or do you think it is rather cute? I have coached children who have said they do not like the pet names that their parents use. They say it makes them feel younger than they are which they despise – they want to be seen as a grown up. They don’t feel that it describes them well or it just plain outright embarrasses them especially when they are in public.

Should we be more conscious about the names we call our children? I think we should be. The names we give them can affect their character so they can behave like that ‘word’. For example, I coached a child who was called, ‘Baby’ so she acted like one. After all, that was what her parents were calling her.

If your child is pulling back and getting angry about the pet names, use their real name or a shortened version of their name if they don’t mind that.

It is hard not to call them ‘lovely, flowery’ names but like anything it’s all about getting into good habits.


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