A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my 4 year old son Jackson insisting that he wanted to go by the name Jack. Some of you have asked me what has happened and so here is a quick update.
The next day after writing the post, Jackson told me that if he was going to be Jackson, then I need to call Julia her full name – Julia, not Jules like we often do. (Jackson started this nickname for her a long time ago and I use it all the time.) So I think he may have felt left out and wanted a nickname.
I told him ok and I am trying to remember to call my niece Julia. That seemed to do the trick. When I slipped the other day and called her Jules, he reminded me.
Last night, however, when we were at my in-laws house meeting some out-of-town relatives, Jackson complained about his name again and told them that he wanted to go by Jack. But other than that, he hasn’t been talking about it.
So I am just letting things rest at calling him Jackson and his cousin Julia. If he starts to get really upset about it again, then maybe I will have to reconsider. And if he is still concerned about it when he gets older, then I will probably let him go by Jack. But for right now, I think I will just try to see if the issue starts to fade.
Thanks for all your input – it is so fun and helpful to hear what other people think. You all had some great ideas and insights! (I loved that BlestWithSons reminded me that C.S. Lewis changed his name to Jack at about the same age. If Jackson does ultimately change his name to Jack, the fact that he will share the same name as C.S. Lewis will bring me great comfort. My friends actually named their little boy, who is Jackson’s age, Lewis after “Jack” Lewis.)
I am not ready to give up on the name Jackson yet – as I said, I adore it!