What would you prefer your kids call you?

posted 2 weeks ago in Parenting
  • poll: What would you prefer your kids call you?

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  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    No preference. My son is 1.5 and hearing his little “MAMA! MAMA!” makes my heart completely melt.  Soooo sweet!  I assume it’ll be the same if he changes the name at some point, too.  I call myself mama and mommy interchangeably to him.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I call myself mummy and my son calls me that (when he’s not Princess Elsa and I’m Princess Anna). My daughter is 15 months so is still on mama. 

    When my son was younger he called us Memaa and Dedaa which we really loved but he grew out of that one. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee

    I’m Pakistani. The two typical terms are Mama (pronounces either Ma-Ma or Mum-Ma) and Ammi. 

    For dads, the terms are either Papa (pronounces Pup-pa), Baba, or Abbu. 

    Most people use the “set”. So Ammi/Abbu or Mama + Papa/Baba

    I grew up with saying Mama and Papa. Ideally I’d like my child to use Mama and Baba (SO likes Baba) but we will see how it goes! 

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Not a parent yet but I don’t have a preference. Whatever they choose to call me is fine. 

    I never called my own parents mommy/daddy. I’ve always called my mom, mom. I called my dad papa when I was really (even my parents have no idea where I got that lol) and once that faded I’ve always called him dad.

    My in-laws refer to my husband and myself as “mommy” and “daddy” when talking to our dog and I fucking hate that. It’s weird and I think slightly creepy given that I know they’ve never heard us use those terms with our dog. I don’t think I’ll hate it if our future kid decides to use either of those though.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    My daughter is almost 3 and she calls me mama, mommy, and mom depending on the day – typically “mama” only happens when she’s super duper upset or she’s pretending to be a baby. When she’s feeling sassy she uses our first names hahahaha

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I feel like i changes as your kids age. My son called me mama until about 2, and now it’s mummy. My daughter is 20 months, still says Mama.

    I anticipate as they grow it will become mom eventually.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    I’m a mama because that’s what she can say. But she went through a phase where all women (in this case myself and her grandma who are her main care providers) were Mama and men (her father and grandfather) were daddy. She’s started saying Papa for her grandfather a few times so I think she’s starting to differentiate different people with different names.

    I’d like to stay Mama but I imagine I’ll be Mommy for a while as that’s what my husband refers to me as to her. In the south Mama is acceptable at any age and I prefer it over just Mom.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

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    @ecrisrien:  This is fantastic 

    Post # 14
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    @ecrisrien:  I prefer mom, but I’m hardly going to complain if he calls me mommy instead. Heck even when he calls me by my first name it makes me smile. He’s only two so I know he’s just sort of testing the waters there

    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper

    Younger children, Mommy. Older children, Mom. 

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