I tend to think that if he wants to identify as that then just go with it. Maybe he is just claiming out a little piece of his identity.
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07-12-2013 01:44 #11
07-12-2013 08:04 #12Senior Member
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Not quite the same but....
My son was a cat for at least 6 months. No kidding. He was scarily full on about it, all of the time. People even suggested I take him to see someone.
He eventually grew out of it. I now have a boy again! LOL.
He still loves cats though!
07-12-2013 08:06 #13
My younger sister was Dorothy (as in the wizard of oz) for a year or so when she was 3 or 4. She even had a little pull along dog she named toto. EVERYONE had to call her Dorothy. I wouldn't worry, I'm sure he'll grow out of it.
07-12-2013 13:54 #14
I wouldn't worry. Even with your aunt's experience, that's far from the norm, so the chances your son will be the same if unlikely. SO MANY kids will decide these grand changes... but they grow out of it. Your son will almost certainly be the same.
I put on an English accent whenever I was at school/around school friends for an entire year once. I still whip it out occasionally when I've been drinking, but I don't go around pretending to be English. :P
07-12-2013 15:38 #15
Can you play some of the older wiggles DVDs for a while instead? Take his focus off that wiggle.
07-12-2013 15:54 #16
At the age of 5 I decided I wanted to be called a certain name. No idea where it came from. I go by that name and have been seriously considering legally changing it because obviously my licence / tax etc is in my "legal" birth name.
My cousin did the same but got her name from a movie and was alot older (teens) however 15 years on she still goes by the name she chose.
He may or may not grow out of it, but I would encourage you to support him through this .. which it sounds like you are
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07-12-2013 16:04 #17
I can remember changing my name to "Pamela", when I was about that age.
I have no idea how my parents dealt with it, knowing them they probably didn't even notice, or care, but I know I gave up on it after a while. I think by the time I started school. I really really really wanted everyone to call me Pamela though!
I definitely don't go by the name Pamela now.
07-12-2013 18:28 #18
i wish i had changed my name at a young age, its never suited me, but my parents wouldnt have it.
maybe its a phase but maybe its not, remember he is the one that has to live with being called a certain name for the rest of his life. if he thinks he is a locky id go with it.
i feel like i would have grown into a more confident person if i had identified with the name i was being called
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07-12-2013 18:30 #19
I changed my name in grade 8 because I HATED the name my parents gave me and always got bullied for it and it just didn't suit me...legally changed it as soon as I turned 18
ETA when I was in my prep I told everyone my name was Madeline (was obssesed with the show). One of the mums was talking to my mum and thought my name was actually Madeline...I got a big smack on the bum for telling fibs lol
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09-12-2013 12:17 #20
Just as a small footnote, you can legally call yourself whatever you like without having to sign any official documentation. The formal aspect is for formal situations only such as banking institutions and passports.
This is why you see "preferred name" on forms. Many people have preferred names but have not changed them formally via Births, Deaths & Marriages. One example is the Chinese community – many have a Chinese name and an “Australian” name. It’s well within the law to do this.
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