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My Name is Ella and I am AMAZING

Normally I don’t use this forum to vent.
Oh yes, occasionally I write about things here and there that bother me but in an oh so snarky way that keeps me out of trouble.
But I blame social media for my cup a boiling over.
And the hard part is that I am in part to blame.
Not me personally but my blogging/website writing/ tweeting sisters and brothers.
Why do we need to know so much?
I am not talking about current events, don’t even get me STARTED on the stupidity that is going on in this world.
Why do I need a list of Five Things NOT To Say to Your Daughter?
Why are we offended when someone says WOW YOU LOOK GOOD FOR YOUR AGE?!?!
Why do we need to sue Target because boys sizes offer more than girls sizes?
Better yet, fine, go ahead and sue Target but why do we need to share it with GMA, Huffington Post, and Blogher?
Why???It was an “article” and I use quotations because I don’t even know why it was written, that got my blood boiling.
An “article” about the naughtiest girls and boys names in the USA.
A full list of names highlighted with Nicest Girls, Nicest Boys then Naughtiest Girls and Naughtiest Boys.
Some “survey” of 650 children or some nonsense was given according to things like principal office lists blah BLAH BLAH.
It even went on to mention which names, in particular, received the least amount of accolades.
Which names equated being looked over for achievements.

Who even cares?
Have we run out of things to read?

So this is why it bothers me so much- it is personal.
My youngest daughter’s name is number one on the list.
And in turn, number one for being looked over for accolades.
When I saw the list a few days ago, it gave me a pit in my stomach.

Trust me, we have amazing teachers in our district but when something like this is written and a teacher reads it, don’t you think it puts a mental Post-it note inside their brain?
Oh yes, she is an Ella. 
That explains a lot.

I know, I know…I am totally overreacting.
Overtired from taking care of two sick kids this week, I have other posts that I need to write but instead, I am writing this one.
Venting about how sick I am of reading how we are doing every frigging thing wrong with how we talk to our daughters about sex and how we shouldn’t be telling them they are beautiful.
How we shouldn’t make our sons feel entitled yet also don’t make them feel bad about themselves.
It is exhausting.

So this is what I am going to do.
For every naughtiest girl and boy name, I am giving a personal anecdote.
To how amazing they are.
To stop generalizing, and make it personal.
I am doing this for all the Ella’s and Olivia’s out there who are amazing in their own right.
That a name is just that- a name.
You parents who named your kids unusual names are laughing right now. 
I see what you did. 


Ella- when I am sick or sad, she brings me a blanket and water and she rubs my feet with lotion. Every time.

Bethany- she was a neighbor of ours and she was always sweet and fun to play with because she was one of the only tomboys on my street.

Eleanor- let’s see…she was only the first lady of the United States and was one of the first delegates of the United Nations.

Olivia- she is my dear friend Shannon’s daughter and is much older than my Ella. But every time we go to her house, they play together, have so much fun together and are so loving towards each other.

Laura- every single Laura I have ever met was sweet, kind and loving and OMG LAURA INGALLS DAMMIT.

Holly- one of my closest friends growing up was a Holly. I will never forget when she ate an entire industrial-sized bowl of popcorn at my house in fifth grade. Right after she got braces. She was a gem and still is.

Courtney- one my oldest daughter’s friends helped watch my Ella at a football game this fall so I could enjoy watching Anna cheer.

Amber- I got nothing. Sorry, Amber’s. I need to meet more Amber’s apparently.

Caitlin- this is spelled in a myriad of ways. Is it only this spelling, Miss Writer? Because the Katelyn I know is very sweet and a good friend to my child.

Jade- again, I don’t know a Jade but I bet she is nice.


Cameron- nope not a one but the guy in Ferris Bueller wasn’t a troublemaker, FERRIS PUT HIM UP TO IT. Where the hell is Ferris on this list?!?!?

William- my nephew. You don’t mess with my family.

Jake- one of the nicest teenage boys I know. When he was little and I was babysitting him, he left me a note saying I make good lunches. I still have that note somewhere.

Joshua-  I know no Joshua’s. Do we notice a trend, there is like two Duggar names so far…hmmmm.

Jamie- this is both a girl and boy name. So you are telling me that the boy Jamie is bad but the girl Jamie is good? I didn’t even know boy Jamie’s existed anymore? Is that even a thing???

Lewis- is anyone naming their kid this? Is this list from 1980??

Benjamin- Come on, GENTLE BEN?!?! Geez.

Ethan- There are like a trillion Ethan’s. I mean come on. OF COURSE, they are gonna be on the list. It is a ratio thing.

Luke- as in Danes? Or as in Dylan from 90210. Don’t be messing with my Luke’s.

So I guess what it boils down to is that for every bad Ella or Luke, there is an amazing Ella or Luke.
So why put a list out there like this?
Is it a reference point?
Is it so we stop naming them these names?
Do we really think a name will cause a child to be bad?
It was a slow news day at Yahoo Parenting, that is all.
So go name your baby Bethany Olivia.
I dare you.

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.


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