dd is starting kindergarten and they have a form for the parents to fill out. There's a space for the child's nickname. I'm not sure how much anyone will look at the form. dd has wanted to shorten her name due to not wanting to spell the whole thing. (above average in length but not extreme, though if she shortens it dd doesn't have to write some letters that are giving her problems). Dh and I both use an entirely different pet name for her. Should I put dd's prefered name down? In all honesty, I realize it can't hurt. dd will still have to learn the "hard" letters in her first name to write her last name anyways.