Nicknames

@lisado (1230)
United States
February 13, 2007 11:38am CST
What do your kids call you? Mom? Momma? Mommy? Mama? What about your husband? Their grandparents? My mom HATES being called anything but grandma. My inlaws let their grandkids call them Nana, Pop pop and such, but my mom HATES that. My inlaws allow the different names because the kids have different names for the different grandparents to help them know who they are talking about (rather than say grandma [insert last mame here]). Is there anything you won't allow your kids to call you or their grandparents?
7 responses
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
My son calls me Mama and her father Papa. We wanted him to call us Mommy and Daddy but for some reason he likes Mama and Papa better, so Mama and Papa it is. He calls my mom Ama (it's Chinese Fujien for grandma, it should've been Gwama) and my mother in law Lola (Filipino for grandma). Both my father and FIL were already deceased by the time my son was born, so he didn't get to call them anything.
• United States
16 Feb 07
I'm just called mom, husband is dad. The 2 grandma's are just called grandma - if they are together one is grandma B and the other is grandma Chickie
@ctv101103 (860)
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
my hubby and i are Daddy and Mommy. The grandparents prefer to be called Papa and Mama. :)
@kareng (7980)
• United States
13 Feb 07
My kids all call me Mom. We have a grandbaby due end of the month so it will be interesting to see what I am then called. I really have no preference but then again I don't like most of the choices either. I may have to come up with something unique!
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
13 Feb 07
My son calls me Mom or Mommy (depends on what he needs), but I will answer to just about anything respectful. My Mother likes to be called Maw Maw by her grandkids, my brother and I have started calling her that as well because it is the only thing she answers to. My Dad likes to be called Grandpaw, thankfully he still answers to Dad (I think because we didn't bug him while my brother and I were growing up). My ex-MIL is called Oma which is German for grandmother. She HATES this, which is my my ex-husband has my son call her that. (Long story short, she hates her MIL who is German and everyone calls her Oma). My ex-FIL answers to Opa, German for grandfather.
• United States
13 Feb 07
My husband and I are mommy and daddy (that's what we call ourselves, our daughter can't talk yet). We call my mom and dad Nana and Papa, his mom and stepdad are Grandma Pam and Grandpa Dave, and his dad and stepmom are Grampy and Shirley. I think it helps to distinguish who's who for small children to give everyone a nickname and use it consistently. No, there isn't anything I can think of that I wouldn't allow our daughter to call us or her grandparents but I do think it's important to be consistent with names and nicknames so as not to confuse them. I also think it's important, if your mom and dad have other grandchildren, that all the grandchildren use the same name. My husband's mom and dad have 12 grandchildren, with our daughter being the youngest, and all the grandkids call his mom Grandma Pam and his dad Grampy, so that's what our daughter will call them. For my parents, on the other hand, this is their first grandbaby so they were able to choose what they wanted to be called. I like Nana and Papa better than the traditional names, it suits my parents better.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
13 Feb 07
My own kids call me Mom, probably because that I what I always called my own mother in front of them. It suits me. My mother-in-law liked to be called Mother, but it sounded kind of high toned for me so I just called her by her name. My grandchildren call me Grandma Pat to distinguish between me and their other grandma who is Grandma Jeanne. They do the same thing with their two grandpas.