My DD2 has a very very common first name (in fact, as much as I love the name, I am starting to regret it, it is literally heard everywhere we go. Something I didn't realise when we chose her name).
She is starting kinder next year and I believe there are at least 2 other children who will be in her class with the same name and they usually call the child by their first name and last initial.
I don't want my DD to be known by her first name and last initial, but instead I want her to be know by her first and middle names. Eg: instead of being called Bella K, I would rather that they called her Bella Kate (not her real name, but her middle name and last name do start with the same letter).
Do you think I could "insist" in the nicest possible way on this? Would it be worth writing on her kinder forms that she is known as Bella Kate so they call her that right from the start? Or do I just suck it up and have her stuck with being called Bella K for her entire schooling?
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04-11-2013 11:57 #1
Does your child have a popular name? Have you insisted on your child being called...
04-11-2013 12:02 #2Senior Member
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You should have on the enrolment form a place for 'preferred name' so what you would rather them call your daughter. So for my son, he has a long name but I put his shortened name down because that's what he gets called most of the time... Unless he is in trouble then its his full name haha
04-11-2013 12:20 #3
You sure can you can write her 'preferred name' which is what will go on all her school paper work.
04-11-2013 12:25 #4
Like the other poster have said there is a option for preferred name, although doesn't always work dd1 name is hyphenated i wrote on the forms just the first bit but everyone at school calls her by her whole name
04-11-2013 12:37 #5Senior Member
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You can absolutely insist that your child be called by the name you prefer. I'm an ex teacher and over the years I have taught children whose parents were adamant that they be called a particular name. I had no problem with that and made sure the other children in the class knew. Your child, your rules. I have purposely chosen names for my children that can't be shortened because I really dislike shortened names, but I have had to constantly correct people on how my daughter's name is pronounced. Just be polite and most of all, stick to your guns and keep gently, but firmly reminding staff and children if you need to. Good luck!
04-11-2013 12:50 #6
My name is very popular being an 80s baby, I was always in a class with at least 1 other girl with the same name all through kinder, primary & secondary school. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. My son also has a common name. It turns out it was in the top 10 of his birth year. Don't let it bother you because it's a common name, think that other mums have good taste & chose a lovely name
04-11-2013 12:51 #7
Does she refer to her herself as that? It'll be what her friends come up with more the what's on the forms. DD has three Isabellas in her class. One is called Izzy an always has been and the others are referred to by their full names or hair color.
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04-11-2013 13:04 #8
You CAN, but that doesn't mean it's what others will call her.
My SIL (11) has a hyphenated first name. So as an example, say her name was Emma-Kate. On anything official, school work etc. it has "Emma-Kate", but EVERYONE calls her Emma. I don't think her mum's too impressed, but it's what has stuck.
04-11-2013 13:12 #9
My DD has a hyphenated first name. When she went to daycare she was called the full name. Now at school she's just known by the first part, but even now when we go back to daycare to drop off/pick up DS they still call her by her full name. I had the option when she started kindy and started learning to recognize and spell her name, I went with the first part only and it stuck. Though I do think the kids know her full name as she's now learnt to write her first and surname. She doesn't like being called the full name and I only use it usually if she's not listening or been naughty too 😃
04-11-2013 13:26 #10Senior Member
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I've found that "preferred name" on school enrollments means nothing. You'll have to actually speak to the teachers and communicate your wishes that way.
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