Parents tend to second guess themselves a lot. Did I time my pregnancies right? Should I have really had that glass of wine in early pregnancy? Did I choose the right pediatrician?
This list can go on and on. The thing with parenting is that in many cases the choices we make are long-lasting. Hindsight is not always the best thing because it can cause people to rethink and in certain cases, reverse choices they normally would not. Bottom line, listen to your gut in every circumstance.
If you don’t you may end up regretting one of the first decisions you have ever made for your child: his/her name.
According to the Huffington Post, Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, founders of Nameberry.com, say “the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to naming their babies include letting their own parents have too much say in the decision or focusing on superficial factors, like how “cool” the name choice makes them look”:
53%, felt this way because they had chosen a name that was ‘fashionable’ at the time 32%, of the parents who said that they ‘regretted’ their child’s first name said that they did so because it is now a ‘common’ name for children.
Like anything else, when you give too much thought into what someone else thinks, even your mother or mother-in-law, it’s more likely you’ll do something you regret.
So, moms-to-be, choose a name you love and adore, not what is popular or what a relative likes. Your child’s name is too important, and the last thing anyone would want to do is change their child’s name because they’ve grown to hate it. (Some moms have actually done this at age 2 and 3!).
Do you still love your child’s name? Would you change it if you could back in time? Did your relatives try to bully you into (or out of) a name?