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Thread: What does your child call you?
July 6th, 2012 08:00 PM #11Senior Member
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Our daughter calls us Mama and Papa, and I love hearing her say Mama. I don't think calling parents by their first names is inherently disrespectful, but I wouldn't want it--to echo someone above, anyone could call me by my first name; only she can call me Mama. Having her call by my first name would feel chillier. (She does sometimes like to call us by our first names to be funny, but that's not a big deal to me. She's six.)
Grandparents are Nana and Grandpa First Name and Gammy and Grandpa First Name.
July 6th, 2012 10:17 PM #13
I find this subject so interesting, and I think it is a cultural thing because I would never ever be allowed to even playfully/affectionately call my parents by their first names, and same thing in their families, etc.
It's just rude and disrespectful.
It's a "Who do you think you're talking to? I'm not one of your friends." kinda of thing my family. And I know my parents culture has to do with it as well.2O - Aries - Slytherin - Daycare Assistant Teacher
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July 12th, 2012 04:38 PM #15Senior Member
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My 13 year old son calls me "mom", my 5 and 8 year olds call me "mama", and my baby calls me "dada" LOL. My husband is dad or daddy to the kids. Grandmas are all "grandma". grandpa is "papa" or "grandpa". I think the first name thing is weird!
July 16th, 2012 06:54 AM #17Senior Member
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Although I am not sure they know that it means me, my baby boys say "Mama". They definitely call their dad 'Dada" or "Dadi." When they are older I expect our monikers will be some variant of those. I wouldn't find it disrespectful if they wanted to call me by my first name, but as several pps have mentioned. However, they are the only ones who can call me mom and that brings a wonderful love to the title which I would be sad to lose.
My boys don't have many really words yet, but we are referring to their grandparents and grandma and grandpa (paternal) and Grandpa/Gramps and Momo (maternal).
My grandparents were always Grandma and Grandpa (on both sides with the ln given to differentiate). My parents called their parents Mom and Dad (paternal side) and Mother and Daddy (maternal side). When I was growing up it was always Aunt X and Uncle Y rather than just their names. But probably in my mid 20s I naturally dropped the titles and no one had a problem with it (that I know of).
Sort of a side note- I am a teacher and at my last school the students called the teachers by their first names. At first I was shocked and really uncomfortable with it, but over time I came to realize that in that particular environment it served to bring the community together and increase the respect rather than the loss of respect might have been expected. That said, I realize that such a system wouldn't work in all situations and this was a very special case- but I loved it! When I go back to teaching I don't know if I can go back to the Mrs. X and Mr. Y comfortably.Mama to twin boys Oliver Graham and Luke Axel
July 16th, 2012 08:13 AM #19
Mum/mummy/ mummsie and Dad/ daddy.
Grandparents are Grandma (First Name) and Grandpa, Grandma (First Name) and Pop. I would have preferred one of the grandmas had been nan/ granny / nanny just to make it easier. Interestingly when MY grandparents became great grandparents my Pop was known as "great pop" but my grandma decided she wanted my children to call her "Granny" rather than great grandma (she felt it was too long and hard to say for small children).
When I am a grandmother I want to be called Grammy.
I know one grandmother who didn't want to sound "old" so her name is "G".
Another I know is called Ma because the first grandchild had trouble saying grandma.
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July 16th, 2012 09:02 AM #21
My daughter is only 9 months old but she will call us Mommy and Daddy when she can talk better, right now we are just Ma and Dada. I wanted her to call my Mom "Nana" but she's calling herself Gramma, so I guess that's what she wants to be called. In the South, it's very disrespectful to call your parents by their first names, so it's always struck me as very odd if not downright rude. Probably because the kids I knew who did were spoiled rotten little brats. I do have a friend who's kids call their grandma Mamie because her name is Amy, I think that is cute.
Reminds me of the girl Farrah from Teen Mom, she calls her dad "Michael" and she always sounds so bratty and mean when she says it. Of course, she is pretty much the epitome of spoiled.My cherished daughter, Rowan Jane. ~b. 10/2011~
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July 16th, 2012 08:32 PM #23Senior Member
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I would never dream of calling my parents or grandparents by their first names. To me that is very disrespectful and says that I'm on the same level as them... and I'm definitely not. I call my parents Mom and Dad. I call my grandparents Grandpa, Grandmama, Nan, and Pop. I call my great-grandmother Gee Gee, and when my great-grandfather was living I called him Pa Pa (pn like Paw Paw). There were two other great-grandparents who were alive when I was born. One died before I could talk, and the other died when I was five. I have no memory of her so don't remember if I called her anything.
July 16th, 2012 09:12 PM #25Member
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I've seen people call their parents by their first names, and am shocked every time. I don't even think my parents would be angry, but I was taught that's just plain disrespectful and I was raised better than to do that. I call my parents Mum, occasionally Ma and Dad. My grandparents on one side were Nana and Papa and the other was Grampy.♂ Roman Evander.
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July 17th, 2012 12:37 PM #29Senior Member
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