Two boys playing in the park...

Probably about 2 and 4 years old. Mom called them “[name]Bob[/name]” and “[name]Lou[/name].”

I thought that was cute… especially a little boy named [name]Bob[/name].

[name]Bob[/name] and [name]Lou[/name], how refreshing!

I met a 2-year-old [name]Zion[/name] in the park the other day, he was adorable, and his grandmother called him [name]Baby[/name] so much that I was worried it was his real name until I asked her. I wouldn’t like the name normally, but this [name]Zion[/name] was SO cute that he’s making me reconsider!

Yeah, there was one kid at the park whose mom kept referring to him as tater tot. It could’ve been cute, but it was in kind of a weird context… like she was using it in place of a given name. I kept envisioning his birth certificate: “Tater Tot [name]Smith[/name].”

I tend to use my kid’s nn more in public because you never know how is listening and you want to keep them safe. I think it is a great way for the kids to know they need to respond but you don’t have to say/yell their name.

As a name-obsessed eavesdropper, I hope not too many others follow that strategy.