'They think his name is immature': grandparents refuse to use toddler's nickname

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It's not unusual, especially in Australia, for names to be shortened. But one couple has found though the nickname they've given their son has not been accepted by everyone close to them - including the little boy's own grandparents.

"So my son's name is Edward" the mother, posting on reddit, explained. "However, we decided to call him Teddy as he growled the first time I held him- it was the cutest thing ever."

"Teddy is a common nickname for Edward we thought it'd be cute" she explained, saying that even not all her family members liked the nickname but respected their wishes, except two people - her parents.

"They only came back into my life after two years because I gave birth," she tells users. "But they refuse to call him Teddy"

"I have had many arguments over this with them, but they refuse again and again," she complained, saying her son is now 18-months-old, and while he knows his name is Edward, they "mainly call him that when he's in trouble".

"Them calling him that really confuses him," she wrote, continuing to say they think the name is "immature" and that he "will be bullied for it" when he gets to school.

"I have known many Teddys through school, and no-one was ever (to my knowledge) bullied - heck one was a popular kid!" she exclaimed.  

"Anyway, the point is that both I and the father want him to be called Teddy by his friends and family, and if he decides he wants to be called something else when he reaches school age or later, we will respect that," she said adamantly.

The situation reached a boiling point when the woman was with her with the baby, and a friend of theirs asked what his name was.

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"I said 'Teddy'," the woman replied, to which her father angrily responded "IT'S EDWARD. Only YOU call him Teddy."

"But that's not true, they are the only ones who don't," the woman wrote.

"When people ask his name I do say Teddy. However if they ask what it's short for then I explain that it is Edward but we call him Teddy for short.

"Before you ask, (my parents) are not old, in fact they had me young so they are under 50."

"His great grandparents respect our wishes, so being older has nothing to do with this," the upset mum points out, before saying that they weren't the best parents to her, but she expected them to be better grandparents.

She added that the name Edward was named after her partner's Grandfather and that there was another important man in her life also called Edward so they were drawn to the name, however when her son was born, he looked more like a Teddy.

"Am I the a--hole for trying to get them to respect my wishes as a parent?" she asked.

Although some people asked the poster why she gave her son his christian name if they decided to nickname him immediately, most people agreed it was up to her and her partner if they wanted to introduce their son as Teddy rather than Edward.

"Her parents shouldn't be trying to force HER to stop calling the child by his nickname," a user pointed out. "That's the bigger concern here"