Mum worries shes a huge a**hole as son is teased for being named after animal

Many parents fret about what to call their children.

However, one mum has asked whether she is a "huge a**hole" for allowing her son to be named after animal.

The parent has sought advice online after her three-year-old son has become bullied over his name.

The mum revealed the moniker is a nickname that has just stuck ever since her son was little, but now she's second guessing her decision to continue using it.

Posting to Reddit, the mum asked if she was wrong for not using her son's proper name, especially as now other kids are poking fun at him for it.

She wrote: "I have a child named after an animal. It wasn’t intentional, but when I was pregnant with him, I slipped up and called him by this nickname when trying to say his actual name, and everyone loved it and it just stuck."

She continued: "For privacy, I won’t share it but assume it’s like Liam/Lamb.

"So our child has only known their name as 'Lamb', and wouldn’t know you were talking about them if you said 'Liam'.

"He is special needs, which was not anticipated, which makes making the change very hard."

She said she loved the cute nickname at first, but has now realised that it's probably not ideal now her son is heading into school.

The mum says her son had been teased by another kid over FaceTime, who started "bahhhhhing at him" down the phone.

"Nobody’s feelings were hurt, and we all laughed, but I realise now that I may be a huge a**hole for giving my kid this name and not fixing it by now," the mum said.

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She admitted that she's even been criticised over her son's accidental name in the past, adding: "We met someone once and when they asked our kids’ names, they got angry when we said this one and said we were cruel and abusive to give a kid a ‘weird’ name.

"I knew a few kids with weird names myself growing up, and for the most part people thought it was cool, not weird, but those were my teen years, and I’m almost forty so what do I know?

"Most people say the name is cute. They could be humouring us. Some people assume that is his name. Some say it reminds them of a beloved movie character, which I see.

"[School] will be popping up soon and we need to figure out what the hell we are doing about this."

Fellow parents seemed divided over the situation online with some urging the mum to teach her son his real name, while others said it was fine.

"There are plenty of people called Bear, Fox, Wren, Dove, Birdie, Bunny, Cat, Tiger, Jay, etc. Their lives are not blighted," wrote one person.

While another said: "One person's weird is another person's normal. Ignore the unkind people who think this is abuse."

But a third suggested: "You really need to teach this kid his legal name, then. What are you going to do when everyone at school, including teachers, sees his name on the roster as 'Liam' and starts calling him that?"

The Reddit post comes after one mother-in-law claimed that her daughter-in-law has ruined her granddaughter's life with 'tacky' name.

The mum say her partner’s mother has refused to call her granddaughter the name that she and her husband had chosen, which is ‘Honey – Charlotte’..

She said her partner's mother has taken to calling Honey either ‘princess’ or ‘Lottie’, which she hates.

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