This frustrated mum says her mother-in-law won’t call the children by their real names…

A mum has taken to Reddit to share her annoyance about her mother-in-law refusing to call her grandchildren by their real names. The mum says religious differences are at the root of the problem, with her mother-in-law giving her children nicknames based on her preferred names for them, rather than the real names they were called.

A Difference Of Opinion

The mum-of-two said that her mother-in-law had strong ideas about what she should name her two daughters. “She wanted me to name my first daughter Amazing Grace,” says the mum. “But I would rather gargle broken glass and gasoline.” After declining the suggestion, the mum says that she was told it would make no difference. “She said ‘you can call her any name you want but I’m going to call her Mazie. Short for Amazing Grace.'” the mum revealed. To make matters worse, the family are currently living at the mother-in-law’s house on a temporary basis, making the disagreement a daily source of tension between them.

Keeping The Peace

Commenters on the post encouraged the mum to stand up to her mother-in-law. “I would not put up with this if I was you,” said one. “It’s disgusting and childish.” The mum, however, said she is determined to keep the peace until they are no longer living under the same roof. “I’m just trying to ride out the time we have to be here without making waves, until we’re gone,” she said.

Choosing a name for your child is never easy, especially when everybody has an opinion, but it’s even worse when someone refuses to respect your choice!

Did a family member disapprove of the name you chose for your child? Share your story in the comments.

  • that is just disrespectful from the MIL – how dare she – the child was given a name and that is the parents choice, it’s ok to have nicknames and use them occassionally – but the child’s proper name should be used regularly. It’s a shame that the living situation is dictating how the mother can handle it :( The MIL needs to show alot more respect than what she is doing!


  • I find this story so bizarre. Imagine If we all walked around calling people what we thought they should be called! It’s just silly! I understand keeping the peace while they live there but it’s just plain disrespectful


  • That is so harsh! It’s totally up to the parents what they call their children and everyone should abide by that decision. Nicknames are fine, but not if you’re using them simply because you’re not happy with the child’s actual name. But I feel for the parents, living with the grandparents, will be difficult to speak up without repercussions


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