Like most families, we have a range of nicknames for our two daughters. We always have done.
The other day I heard a mum make an off the cuff remark about the names given to children. It got me wondering where on Earth us parents get these nicknames from?
Of course mums and dads want nothing more than to express their love and affection for thier children. This is quite natural and to be encouraged. Should we, however, really do it by calling our children snugglepuffling in public?
Here are a few nicknames I’ve heard used (indeed I may have used a few of them myself);
- Bubs (for some reason this one is particularly common)
- Darling stars (I mean, what does this mean??)
- Sungglepuffling (yes really) and
- Beautiful butterfly.
While writing this post I came across this article on the LittleHeartsBooks website. Just look at that; 300 possible nicknames for your child. In fact I went through the list and was taken aback at how many of them I have used over the years.
Something happens to us, doesn’t it? I’m not too sure exactly what it is, but as soon as we have to take responsibility for a young child, any sense of decorum simply melts away and we distort the English language and give our kids whacky labels.
It’s not that I disapprove; I’m as guilty of this as anyone else. I simply think it’s funny that we all give our kids such wonderful and often creative names.
That said, I did have a bit of a rough time of it in my high school days. Let’s just say it took me a while to grow into my face and I had the misfortune to pick up the nickname ET. Needless to say, this wasn’t a name used by my parents at home. If so, I think I may have rung Social Services myself.
Dear reader, I have to ask; what affectionate nickname do you have for your child(ren)? There’s no shame in admitting you have given them some kind of crazy, made up nickname. It’s simply one of those elements of parenthood we all engage in. I’ve no idea why we do it…but we do!
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