Parental Regrets

Here’s something a little bit different that offers some insight into parental choices for children:

Picking a baby name is a difficult task for many parents.

And new research suggests that more than half (54 per cent) go on to regret their original choice.

Around 49 per cent of those surveyed said the name they originally chose for their newborn failed to reflect its personality later in life.

Nifa McLaughlin, editor of parenting website which commissioned the survey of 1,000 parents, said: ‘Choosing the right name for your children can be a tough job.

I don’t pretend that this is scientific. It is another way to look at the reality that people’s preferences are different and can change over time. If there’s a chance parents may become unhappy with a choice they made, what makes anyone arrogant enough to think it’s acceptable to force something irrevocably permanent (i.e. circumcision) onto a healthy child?

This is best expressed with this quote from McLaughlin:

‘However, there is never any way of guaranteeing your little one will like what you choose… hopefully it starts to suit them more and more as their personality develops.’

If a name doesn’t suit a child’s preference (the correct focus), the child can change his or her legal name. An individual can’t change genital cutting once it’s imposed.

Link via Family Law Prof Blog.

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