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Why Can't I Remember My Kids' Names?

I am the mother of five children. That’s quite a passel these days, I know, but we’re not talking about the Duggars here. I certainly should be able to remember five names – names which I carefully and thoughtfully selected after much deliberation.

But for whatever reason, I can’t.


Actually, it’s not that I forget their names altogether, it’s just that pretty much on a daily basis – usually multiple times each day – I refer to or address or call one of them by the name of one of their four other siblings rather than by that particular kid’s own name.

For whatever reason, my tendency to do this – often quickly running through truncated versions of several of their names (occasionally throwing in the name of one of their cousins) before getting it right – seems to have gotten noticeably worse in the past couple of years. And while the kids don’t seem bothered by it, it drives me bonkers because I can’t figure out why I do it.

What baffles me is that I only do it with my kids. I don’t have the same issue remembering or landing on the right name when speaking to or about any other specific group of people with whom I regularly interact, like co workers, for example. And clearly that’s a good thing since it would be both mortifying and frustrating if every time I participated in a meeting at my office, I stumbled through the names of several colleagues before finally landing on the one I actually intended to speak out loud.

So what’s up with this? Do any of y’all have this problem? Is it specific to your kids’ names, or do you deal with it in other areas of your life as well?






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