Grand ges­ture shuts them up

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

One in five grand­par­ents hate their grand­child’s name, ac­cord­ing to Mum­snet and Gransnet.

I have a mes­sage to those grand­par­ents: Suck it up in si­lence. It’s hard enough choos­ing the right baby name with­out deal­ing with grand­parental dis­ap­proval. I must point the fin­ger of ac­cu­sa­tion at my own mother. Yes, she who named a baby “Lesley” and hall­marked her a child of the 70s.

By baby num­ber three, we stopped dis­cussing po­ten­tial names as mum couldn’t re­sist giv­ing her views. Char­lotte was out as it re­minded her of an old class­mate with a dirty nose. Victoria made her think of hos­pi­tals.

We learned a clever trick: Use the grand­par­ent’s moniker as a mid­dle name. They’re so over­whelmed, they stop com­ment­ing.

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