“She Never Calls Him Alexander Or Alex”: Mother-In-Law Continues To Call Son “Sherman” Even After Being Told Off, Family Drama Ensues

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In our culture, the name is a very important component of a person’s identity. According to psychologists, the name itself has a certain effect, which is in some way determined by the very fact of its existence. For example, if your name is Felix, then most likely you will be a happy and optimistic person, and if your name is Adolf, then you will most likely be a pessimist. Moreover, a person’s name becomes very important when it is given by someone else. There are many cases in which a person receives their name from their parents-in-law, grandparents, godparents, or other relatives. Of course, this is done out of pure goodwill, but it often happens that the new parents are very attached to their own choice of name for their child, and if someone else tries to impose their own name ideas, then the family situation may become quite tense. For example, it happened with this new dad, whose post on the AITA Reddit community got about 5.4K upvotes and more than 1.8K different comments. Interestingly, the author of the post, a father to a newborn boy, also wanted to protect his own idea of the baby’s name, but at the same time, he did not expect such a strong reaction from his own mother-in-law.

A generational name, 'Sherman' causes friction between an in-law and son before the kid is even born 🤯

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Family drama erupts after in-law refuses to stop calling son “Sherman” despite being asked to

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Family drama ensues as mother-in-law refuses to call grandson "Alexander" or "Alex"

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The mother-in-law's help is appreciated, but her refusal to use the baby's name is causing family drama.

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Mother-In-law continues to call son “Sherman”, family drama ensues 🤦‍♂️

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Family drama ensues as mother-in-law refuses to call son by his given name

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Family drama continues as mother-in-law refuses to call son Alexander despite being told off!

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Family drama erupts after mother-in-law refuses to call son by his real name 😱

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Family drama erupts when mother-in-law refuses to call son by his name

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Family drama ensues when mother-in-law continues to call son 'Sherman' despite being told off.

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Should he 'suck it up' or take a stand? 🤔

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Adjusting to new fatherhood, the OP was too distracted to correct his mother-in-law when she called his son Sherman

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Family drama ensues when an in-law refuses to call a son by his name 🤦‍♀️

When a couple welcomed their son into the world, they had already had to battle with their in-law's wish that the child be named after her father. Despite the couple rejecting the name Sherman (or something equally generational or old-fashioned) for their son, their mother-in-law continued to call the baby by the name. This disrespectful behavior caused tension in the family, leading to an argument and the mother-in-law leaving. As the couple tries to deal with the aftermath, they both have to come to terms with their own feelings. Now, the family drama has been brought to the internet for comment and reaction.

Not the a**hole 🤷‍♂️ Family drama ensues 💥

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Family drama 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️

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Family 🤦‍♀️ drama 🤯 over a 🔊name!

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🤦 Grandma refuses to call her grandson by his name! 😱

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🙅‍♀️ Family drama alert!

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Family drama ensues 🤦‍♀️

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Stood up to MIL 💪🏼

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NTA: Disrespectful to call your son something he's not 🤷‍♀️

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HTA or ESH? 🤔

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Parenting with 💯: NTA!

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Family drama ensues 🤦‍♂️

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🤔 NTA or NAH?

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🤔 NTA: In-law's creepy behaviour?

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Grandma gets called out 💁

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NTA: MIL is being rude and disrespectful 😠

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Family drama over a baby's name 😱

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Family drama over 👶🏼 name choice 😱

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Family drama ensues 😲

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🤝👶 Protecting your family.

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Family drama over a name!

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👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Family drama!🤦‍♂️

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Setting boundaries 📝

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Family drama ensues 🤯

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No guilt tripping! 🤐

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Family drama 🤯

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💓NTA, but OP must step up his game!

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Family drama over child's name! 🤯

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Grandson's name snubbed 😳

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Family drama ensues! 🤦‍♂️

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NTA: MIL's passive aggression

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Mama bear knows best! 🐻

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Parents, don't rename your in-laws' kids 😉

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NTA: 💯✋️ Respect is key!

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Family 🤦‍♂️🤬 Drama Ensues!

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🤣 Setting boundaries 🔥

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Family drama over son's name!

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MIL Refused To Stop Calling Son Sherman 😲

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Stepping it up to 🤝 family drama ✌️

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Family drama 🤦‍♀️

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NTA:👩‍⚖️No one's the a**hole🤷‍♀️

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🤦‍♂️ NTA: Name meanings matter!

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Family drama ensues over mother-in-law's refusal to call son by his name!

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Family drama over ⚔️👀

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NTA: Respect the 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦's chosen name!

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NTA: In-Law Insists On Name For Baby 🙄

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Naming is serious business!

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Family drama over 😱😭

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Family drama over a name 🤦‍♂️

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😲 Sister turns the tables on supervisor

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NTA: 🤔 Why isn't your wife in your corner?

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NTA - Respect the 👶 name!

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NTA: Wife needs to stand up to mom 😠

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Family drama ensues 👀

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Private Nickname🤔

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In-law won't call son by his name 👀

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The struggle of not being addressed as you'd like 🤔

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🤦‍♀️ Respect is key!

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Grandma won't get it right 🤦‍♀️

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🤦‍♂️ NTA: Son's real name vs Grammy's nickname

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Dealing with a mother-in-law who won't call your son his given name? 🤯

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🤦‍♂️ Parenting in-laws: 🤦‍♀️

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NTA: 🚨 Mom -in-law's controlling 🛑

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