My son’s first name on his birth certificate is Robert.
We have always called him Robbie. He will also answer to Rob. No one usually calls him Robert.
Stephen Harper is the current Canadian Prime Minister. He likes to be called Stephen. I think the only one who calls him ‘Steve’ is President Bush and I just read that he calls him, ‘Yo, Harper’ now. (Yes, this kinda stuff makes the news up here in Canada).
I have a compound name, but most people call me Leanne. I will answer to ‘Lee’, but since I usually introduce myself as Leanne most people call me that. I guess I would prefer ‘Hey beautiful’, or ‘Woo Hoo Goddess’ but I settle for Leanne.
But I digress. My point is that for the most part I have found that people are polite and pretty accommodating when it comes to names.
So, I was a little surprised earlier this year when my son came home complaining that one of his teachers wouldn’t call him Robbie, but insisted on calling him Robert.
I told my son to go up to the teacher during a quiet time and politely ask the teacher to call him Robbie. He replied that he had but the teacher had refused. The teacher didn’t give him any reason according to my son.
What the heck?
Now, my baby boy has seven different teachers at his school. ‘What does everyone else call you?’ I asked.
‘Robbie,’ he tells me. Oh, but the gym teacher calls him Rob, and he’s okay with that.
So, guess what? Being the mama bear that I am, I went in and talked to this teacher.
The teacher told me he’d call my son Robbie.
Weeks go by and the last day of school arrives.
Yep, this teacher is still calling my kid Robert. On his report card, all the other teachers refer to my son as Robbie. This teacher? He repeatedly refers to my boy as Robert.
Now, I don’t know what to do. Do I go back in and talk to the principal next year? Do I tell my son to live with it? Do I talk to this teacher AGAIN? Do I get Robbie’s birth certificate changed?
Can I just go in and slap this teacher up the side of the head?
Help me out here people, I need some opinions.
Does anyone get why this is so hard? Am I asking too much/being unreasonable?
I HATE these stupid little power struggle type of things.