How to handle
baby name criticism
Dealing with criticism from people in general is difficult but dealing with criticism on your baby’s name can be hurtful and frustrating. There are many ways to deal with criticism and based on our personal experiences we have put together a list of tactics that will hopefully help you deal with the toughest of critiques!
Planning in advance
Knowing your audience is important, you may have certain members of family or certain acquaintances that are very opinionated. If that is the case then you may want to think carefully about how you speak to them. From experience family members and colleagues may comment on the reason for choosing the name, perhaps commenting on the pronunciation, the spelling, the name could be too short or too long. Whatever their reasons are as a mum you have to be ready with a calm and straight forward reaction.
One of best pieces of advice our team have picked up as mums is to tell perhaps only close friends and family about your pregnancy and your baby.
Keep information particularly from your opinionated acquaintances private. Being vague will pay off, for example say that you haven’t had the time to think of baby names or ask them to suggest names to you. You may not be considering their suggestions but it takes the heat of you and keeps unwanted comments at bay. You can announce your chosen name once your little one has arrived by then it’s too late to let anyone influence your decision.
Patience for the long teurm
Being patient when people scrutinise or cirticise your choices can be difficult . However finding the strength to look past peoples comments will provide you with a peace of mind. Once your little one arrives people will learn to love the name and the personality of your baby too.
Hold your head high
At the end of the day everyone will have an opinion on your chosen name whether they voice it or not. The best way is to silence your critiques by asking them to respect your choice and express how much you like it. If you have an answer planned then you can handle any criticism with a dignified approach.