What was the best thing you taught your children?
Recently I realized that I ingrained “do not allow people to mispronounce your name ” into my daughter. I knew I gave her a name that to the English speaker would be difficult to pronounce based off the spelling and so I always let her know that she should make sure everyone that approaches her knows how to pronounce it and not speak to those that will not make an effort to learn it.
She started school and her teacher was butchering her name and my daughter refused to respond to the teacher. So, for a few days the teacher would ask her to do something by calling her the wrong name and my daughter would simply ignore her…until she finally had enough and said “My name is Ajša and not Asia or Aisha”.
The teacher relayed the story to me at the end of that day and apologized profusely for butchering her name and has since learned to pronounce it correctly.
I’m really proud of teaching her the importance of her name.That’s not the only thing or maybe even the best thing but it something that I am glad I taught her.