Tennessee may be easy to say, but it sure is hard for a preschooler to spell!

By Hollee Actman Becker
March 22, 2017

When my mom named me Hollee and spelled it with two Es at the end, I'm pretty sure she never even thought about the fact that everyone I would ever met would eventually spell it wrong. So I totally feel Reese Witherspoon's 4-year-old son's pain. The actress mama named him Tennessee—a v. cool name that I happen to love. There's only one problem: Her own kid can't spell it.

Can you really blame him, though? There are FOUR Es in there, not to mention all those tricky double consonants. I think most adults probably still get tripped up on this one. Without spell check, I know I would.

Witherspoon's little guy definitely gets an A-plus for effort, though. Just check out the pic the proud mama shared of her kid's penmanship on Instagram:

"When your name is TENNESSEE, it's a bit tricky to learn how to spell it," the "Big Little Lies" star wrote in the caption. "#PreSchoolProblems."

Welcome to the easy-to-say,-but-hard-to-spell name club, kid! At least it looks like he's got those first four letters down. And TBH, we think "Tenn" makes a pretty cool nickname! But if Witherspoon wants her mini-me to learn how to spell out all nine letters, she should probably start playing this Sammy Kershaw song around the house.

It's pretty catchy, right?

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter