A father wants to know if his nicknames for his
two daughters, ages 8 and 5, are actually insults.
He claimed that referring to his
daughters as “Pollyanna” and “Prima donna”
is supposed to be endearing.
“[My oldest daughter] went through a
vintage Disney phase, and her favorite
was ‘Pollyanna.’ She would pretend to be the
titular character, and the nickname stuck”.
“[My 5-year-old] has a flair for dramatics …
She also used to throw some spectacular tantrums.
During one of these tantrums, my wife called her
a ‘Prima donna’ and the nickname stuck”.
But the father started questioning things
when his mother expressed that the nicknames would
“make my kids feel divisive and that I was playing
into the bad parts of their personalities”.
The Reddit commentariat was gentle
with the well-meaning father, but the verdict
is in: dad is in the wrong here.
“You need to see how having your kid’s
nickname be a literal insult is going to take her
self esteem down several pegs,” one user wrote.
“You see this as a pretty cute and innocent
thing and I can see why. However, both of
these nicknames have certain very negative connotations,” someone wrote