Young boy desperately wants to change his name as his birthday present as it reminds him of “bad things”.
Mum turned to Reddit for advice after her six-year-old son asked if he could change his name for his birthday, revealing that it makes him think of bad things.
“My husband and I adopted our son about 3.5 years ago. He had a rather unusual name but we decided to keep it,” she began. “We researched a lot and although the name seemed awfully silly, it felt wrong to take his name from him”
While the woman doesn’t reveal the actual name, she refers to her son as “Table”.
“We actually decided to keep his entire name but we just rearranged things to include our surnames. His full name was Table Michael Harrison. My husband and I gave our son both of our last names and made Michael and Harrison both his middle names. Therefore, his name became Table Michael Harrison Smith-Jones.”
When he started school, some of the other kids teased him for his name so they agreed her could choose one of his middle names to go by.
“It took a little while to get everyone on board, but he was in first grade this year and everyone now calls him Harrison,” she continues.
“He gets upset anytime he sees his actual first name written down on forms. He gets upset when he has a substitute and she calls him Table. He really doesn’t like his first name and he said it makes him think of bad things.”
For his birthday, “Harrison” asked is he could legally change his name as his present.
“He wants to get rid of Table completely and become Harrison Michael Smith-Jones,” she said.
“I don’t want him to regret it when he gets older and resent us for allowing him to make the choice when he was only 6 years old,” she said.
*Note: None of the names above are real. His first name is after a piece of furniture and the name he wants to use (his former last name, current second middle name) can be used as a first name.
The response on Reddit is mainly in favour of letting the boy change his name.
Do you think he is too young to make such a life changing decision? Or is it a great idea to make a fresh start now before it’s too late?
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