There’s nothing more Aussie than giving your mate, your partner, even your dog, a nickname. But one mum is furious that her child is being referred to by a nickname, which she hates.

In fact, the woman became so incensed at him being referred to be a nickname, that she called a meeting with his school.

The woman called into her local radio station, to ask whether people think she’s overreacting.

“I love my seven-year-old son’s name, ‘Andrew’,” she explained. “But I hate the nickname ‘Andy’. When we named him ‘Andrew’ we agreed to only use the long version and never the nickname.”

‘I get to decide what people call him’

However, when the family moved, and her son started at a new school, his full name was soon swapped out for the shortened version. And before she knew it, he was no longer known as ‘Andrew’ – he became ‘Andy’.

“I made an appointment with the teacher to discuss the situation,” the mum revealed. “She apologised and said she would call him Andrew. She said she would make one class announcement.”

But the mum claims it hasn’t worked, and all of the other children are still calling her son ‘Andy’.

“I made another appointment with the teacher, but she was not helpful. She said that Andrew never objects to being called ‘Andy’ and sometimes even introduces himself as ‘Andy’. To me, this is irrelevant. He’s seven-years-old, I am his mother, and I get to decide what people call him.

“She is not willing to correct the other students in the moment when they call him ‘Andy’. I would like to take this matter to the principal. My husband feels like I’m overreacting.

“If I don’t get this under control now, he will be ‘Andy’ for the rest of his life!”

What do you think? Does this mum have a point, or should she just let it go? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • It is actually up to her son than her. It is his name. Not her name.


  • If he’s happy with Andy, all good. He sounds more mature than you.


  • He’s seven. If he likes Andy, his friends can call him Andy. He’s old enough to choose.


  • She called him a name knowing it could be shortened. Her son should get to decide which he prefers to be called!


  • If the kid doesn’t like it he can say it…no need mum to get upset as its no what she like it


  • Poor kid. Let him decide


  • It’s his name and nickname to be called as he chooses. Once she gave it to him, she no longer had control.


  • He wasn’t be Andy all
    His life. As he becomes an adult he will
    Most likely revert to Andrew.
    If I was the mum, I would just relax a bit trying to enforce his full name. Seems like the child is happy with it and he’s friends like the shortened version too. It has a happy ring to it


  • I think it’s a slight overreaction here. At 7 I’m pretty sure a kid can tell other people what he prefers to be called.

    I do see mums point though. I have a friend who refers to her eldest by his long name but her second born has an abbreviated name. I understand the personal choice but at some point the kid decides too.


  • I think you are overreacting about the name. I’d rather he was called Andy than Rew. At home or when visiting then let people know to call him Andrew. At school he may lose any friends he has and you will make his life a misery if you keep this up. He will no longer enjoy school and will end up being bullied and possibly blame you.


  • Yes you are over reacting. Once kids start school they will call each other and themselves what they wish and you can’t interfere with that independence and growth. If it was bothering him that would be different but he seems fine with it.


  • So many worse nick names out there lol


  • You can call him what you want but you will find most people will shorten it lengthen names. We have a Christopher,Lachlan and Tannesha our whole family uses the kids full hames but their friends call them Chris, and Lachie. Our daughter is the only one who gets her full name aside from a very select few friends who call her Neesh. Think you are fighting a losing battle.


  • I think at this stage your son gets to decide what people call him! And if he isn’t complaining then so be it! I don’t like 3 letter names, personally, but my son’s name can be shortened to Ben. If people choose to call him that and he doesn’t mind then it’s none of my business. This woman sounds like she has control issues! If he is in his 20s and introduces himself as Andy will she correct him? Will see go to his boss and make a big deal out of it?


  • You call your child what you want to call them. Once they go to school and make friends nicknames are bound to happen, it is not the end of the world. My brothers name is David, he was always called David until he left school then people started calling him Dave. I still don’t call him Dave even though he calls himself that. He doesn’t care so why should anyone else. If your son is happy to be called both Andrew and Andy then it really doesn’t matter.


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