Prince William and wife Kate have named the royal baby George Alexander Lewis, and his official title is His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
The new parents had a lot more pressure than most other couples when they decided on a name. Their decision was eagerly awaited by the press, their nation, and much of the world. When you have a baby with your partner, you don’t have to answer to such a wide audience for your naming decision and other child-rearing choices. However, parenting decisions can cause relationship rifts unless you and your partner are on the same page.
Here are some tips to help you, from the time you know you’re going to be parents up until your little bundle of joy has joined your family and is rapidly growing from toddler from teen:
1) Agree on your parenting style. You may discover that both you and your partner have very different ideas about things like discipline, expectations, spiritual upbringing, and anything else that could potentially cause a conflict. You may think you and your partner are on the same page and discover a big discrepancy. Work these details out early or you’ll find yourselves fighting throughout the years. Worse yet, kids quickly learn to work parents off one another, so you’ll be dealing with that, too.
2) Agree on a united front. From the time your child is a baby, you’ll probably be bombarded with advice from well-meaning friends and family members. Worse yet, you might have a grandma or auntie who does something you don’t agree with, like handing out candy and ice cream freely on every visit or letting the young ‘un get away with murder. If you protest and your spouse doesn’t back you up, you’re going to have relationship problems. Agree beforehand that you’ll each stand up for the other, even when the family member in question is from your side of the family (yes, that includes your well-meaning but nosy parents).
3) Don’t name the poor kid something too common or too weird. Since this article was inspired by the royal baby naming, let’s go here. Prince William and Kate probably didn’t have too much debate on the name because there’s lots of precedent for baby names among the royal clan. In fact, George was one of the bookmaker’s favorites. For your own child, you or your partner might want to go with the trend and christen a little Sophia, Jacob, Emma or Mason (yep, those names topped the charts last year), but imagine what will happen a few years down the road when he or she starts school Do you really want your youngster to be part of a small pack of kids in the classroom with the same moniker?
On the flip side, it’s downright cruel to saddle a kid with Couture, Hailo, Shoog, and Leeloo, which people actually did in 2012. Agree up front on a name with your partner, and gently dissuade him or her from going to common or too bizarre.
To read about how parenthood might affect the royal couple (and how it affects anyone’s relationship), jump to this article.