Better Now than LaterIf he is sure, then I'd say better now than later. When my son was sixteen he wanted to change his name from David to Alexia. I didn't let him. He's now 19 and hates me... Well, not hates me, but he is bitter about it and throws the fact I didn't let him change his name back in my face.
I told him why don't he just change it now? His reason is, "I've got a job now, I go to college now and all my friends call me David. It would be a big deal to change no matter how much I hate it."
He says, "David," has never felt like 'him,' and he cringes every time he hears someone say his name.
I didn't realize how much it meant to him and he is right. He is the one who has to hear his name called day in and day out. He hates his name and I should have taken him more serious at sixteen. I honestly thought it was a phase.