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02/25/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Electra on

I was given a unique moniker by my mom and at first meeting it does set me apart from other people. However, I grew up in NYC where there is a mix of cultures and in my classes there were kids with names from all around the world. When everyone has a unique name, it does very little to set you apart especially when a lot of times people form a prejudice. To me giving your child a unique name in hopes of setting your child apart is a very superficial attempt.

Also, I don’t think there can be TMI when it comes to birth stories. I mean, I don’t’ want to hear about your 3rd degree tear over dinner, but it can be appropriate to tell details in some situations.

Jenn on

I love stories about kids saving their family members by calling 911. I’m always so glad to hear that their parents have taught them what to do in an emergency.

Lorus on

I agree with Electra over the whole name issue. It doesn’t set your child apart or make them unique. Especially the common names but spelled uniquely, like replacing vowels with a y. We chose a different name (Moxie) for our toddler because we just loved it. There were other (more common) names on our baby list but when she came out my husband said she was a Moxie.
I’m also more inclined towards a name that’s not in the top 20 because I grew up with another Erin in my grade. My entire time in elementary school I was referred to as “Erin M.” which I hated. Kids even called me that when the other Erin was nowhere to be seen.