I mix up my girls' names. I do it almost every time I use one of their names. Sometimes I look straight at Claire, call her Grace (or vice versa) and don't even realize I've made a mistake. And then I wonder why they look at me blankly while I keep repeating the wrong name.
I didn't realize the effect my thoughtlessness was having.
The other day I was cleaning the house (because that's all I ever seem to be doing) and casually asked, "Claire, what are you doing?" I could hear her and Grace on the top bunk making a ruckus.
Claire responded, "I'm just helping Claire make her bed. I mean, Grace."
I went into my room and laughed. And then felt guilty.
Since I have my own child calling her sister her own name, my problem may be a little out of hand, maybe.