What do your grandchildren call you?

Mary - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have always called ourselves Mamaw & Papaw to our grandson. He's 2 yrs old now and has recently began calling me Mom. I think he should be able to call us whatever he wants (within reason! lol) and whatever he's comfortable with. No matter what he calls me, I'll always answer!

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Tandy - posted on 08/29/2013

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I guess I am missing something here, Are you raising this baby? I earned that right to be called mom when his parents abandoned him 1 and 2 kids have to have someone to call mom 3 a mom isn't someone who pushes a baby out... it is someone who is there day in and day out selflessly caring for the children and loving them. I will someday likely adopt these babies and I will be their mom but for now I fill that roll. I am going to allow my grandchild to have a "mom" regardless of the poor choices their parents made.

Happybutnotsolucky - posted on 07/13/2013

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For those who think its perfectly fine. Imagine if your grand kids only call your children's in laws that but call u grandpa n grandma.

I m very sure u will not think its endearing anymore. Wake up

Happybutnotsolucky - posted on 07/13/2013

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Some of you guys(with the exception os those whose children dump their kids to to u)are just plain selfish.

Yes ... U get a thrill when your grand kids call you mom or mama. Perhaps it makes u feel like a new mom or feel young again. But have you ever considered the toys of the real mom? She carried the child to full term n u deny her of a status by claiming it to be yours n even have the audacity to acknowledge instead of correcting a young child.

You already had your fair share of being called mom/ mama with your own kids. Give others a chance.

On your part, have some manners n learn to be a gracious grandma or grandpa. If you hate being called that. Your grandchild should address you by your first name. So that you can feel even younger

Respect. Earn it. Do not demand for it

Faith - posted on 01/31/2011

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Weve had our granddaughter who is now 6 since she was 11 mos. She calls me mama and my husband papa. Drives our daughter crazy to. She calls her mother "mommy". She knows were her grandparents but to her we're still her mama and papa. I think it's just natural for children to call which female they'e closest to mama and that's ok because it's the child that has to be comfortable and happy, not the biologoical parent who should have been responsible enough to take care of the child to start with.

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T - posted on 05/26/2014

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Yes, only if the mom is stable in their life, if you raise your grandkids from birth and adopted them that a whole different story.

Rita - posted on 04/14/2014

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I'm pretty sure everyone is talking about grandchildren they are raising as their own, the other 13 grand children call us Grammy and Grand dad, but the one we have has started to call us mom and dad and has no other mom, dad, or grandparents. It also helps the other grandchildren understand why we have a different relationship with this one

Tina - posted on 12/10/2013

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Thanks Faith, we also believe that. We did try for years to graft them together but my son had a drug problem and we moved 10 hours away.
He is six now and since then my son spent a couple months in prison and we heard is trying to do better. He is thirty yrs old and my grandson is now six and I pray everyday for God to give me wisdom.

Faith - posted on 12/10/2013

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Tina, I know what you are going through. We went through a similar situation. You need to let your grandson accept him on his own time and terms. Just keep giving him and your son the opportunity. You might try doing some recreational things and asking your son to come along also, so he can play with his son on his son's level. I don't know where you live, but if there is a Monkey Joe's or Chuck E. Cheese or something like that nearby, that is always a good option. I know you want what is best for your son and your grandson, whom you love as your own. Keep that thought in your mind as you try to help them build a strong and mutually benefiting relationship with each other. Most of all, trust in God, and prayer will be your greatest help and bring you the greatest peace of mind.

Tina - posted on 12/09/2013

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I've been raising my grandson since he was a baby and is now six. We have adopted him a couple years ago. He has always called me Mommy. My son just got out of prison and was calling him every now and then and my grandson knows it's his biological father but refuses to call him Dad. My son has never done one thing for him. He won't have a relationship with any of us because he hates him calling us Mom and Dad,not sure if he's making excuses?
It's weird cause I'm not sure how to graft my son back into his life. I've never lied to my grandson but he has always considered us his parents. It's sad.

Crystal Ann - posted on 01/21/2013

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If that is what he wants let him make that choice. There is nothing wrong with it. May 3 & 4 year old son and daughter were our grandkiddies and they have called us mom and dad since day one they got hear and its ok.

Zontia - posted on 01/21/2013

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Myself: granie (Bogan), gammy (American TV) , oma (Germanic) , odu (kadazan) or nenek (Malay) bibi (Indian)

My aunt calls herself emba (Indonesian)

My children calls our lovely Italian neighbour nona & nono.
They call my mum nana & my dad grandpa.

My hubby - opa (Germanic)

My kids to call their baby boomer cousins (my parents siblings & their better half) , grand uncle gradcule & grand unt gruntie. All my generation of people/family- chosen etc. aunty & uncle. Strangers up to the individual. They call godparents godmai (Vietnamese twist I coined for my tots), kaima & kaideh (Cantonese) In our Vietnamese family ba for the non teen ladies.

For grandfathers: atuk (Malay), baba (India) dado (Bolcans) , nunno (Italian) & grampi (American TV) sounds kool

I feel it is simply disrespectful for young kids to call regardless of origin- step etc. old folks, grandparents or parents by their first name. So many different languages words for grandparents to pick from to get one that suits the recipient. In China they get very specific on this matter. You'd know where you sit in the family tree & society.

Crystal Ann - posted on 12/31/2012

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Let them call you what they disside to. Our lettle ones where very young and they just started to call us mom and papa.

Susan - posted on 12/10/2011

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Our 4 yr. old grandson/son called my husband Daddy, from the beginning. However, he called me BABY. Don't know why, maybe cause I always called him baby. Now lhe calls me mommy. When the other 6 grands are around he occassionally slips and calls us grammy or pop pop. Any and all are great with me, and they are all true!!!.

Lynn - posted on 09/17/2011

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I have my grandson back for the second time. He is 18 mo old now. My daughter got pulled over and charged with a DUI. She's had three before when she was younger. I don't know what is going to happen with the courts but it doesn't look good. Anyone been through this?

Barbara - posted on 07/18/2010

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I have a 2 year old grandson, he has been with us off an don most of his life, and full time since October 2009. We call ourselves mommom and poppop but he doesnt speak yet, so mah and pah is what he can say..so i cant honestly say yet..he calls his mother, mah too..lol. it all translates as loved in my book

Gayle - posted on 07/12/2010

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We have our nearly 2yr old grandson living with us, his dad was with us too but just recently moved out. His mum hasnt had any contact since he was 9mths old. He calls me mum i use to say no its nanny.. but my husband said let him call u whatever he wants, so now its mum and i love to hear it and would not have it any other way.

Cheryl - posted on 06/08/2010

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We have two we are raising..the oldest called us mom and dad from the day he was placed with us .... he knew he would be adopted and had already been in foster care for 16 mo before we got him.. the 4 year old calls us mom and dad following suit with the older one...drives his "birth mom" crazy as well as that one is permanent custody instead of adopted ...and that I am the "step" to start with..he also calls her mom or mommy or mommy 2... we have less of a problem sorting that one out then what is relationship to the older children and to the other grandchildren...the older ones became siblings....sisters and brothers (instead of aunts and uncles) but the other grandchildren are they nieces and nephews or cousins..not to mention we are not only his and hers, and ours by adoption..I also had 2 former chilren of choice before I meet my husband who we are mom and dad to.. and grand children we are poppz and grandma or ana to... and that is the diffence to me..grandparnets send them home after the visit... my little boys well I am the one that is there 24/7, take them to the doctors, do there medications, give them there baths, meet with the teachers, do the homework etc.. thats a mom and that is what they choose to call me..and like someone else said, we discussed it with the counselor as well

Kay - posted on 03/16/2010

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I have 8 grandchildren my oldest started with mamaw and papa they all have followed sometimes they call me mom but its just a mistake.

Janet - posted on 02/28/2010

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I call myself Grammy and my husband is Poppy, but my grandson calls me Mom by his choice. Drives his birth mom crazy!

Wendy - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have been raising my granddaughter all her life (7 years). When she was a baby I referred to myself as grandma but she got a certain age and started calling me Mama. I was concerned and went to a counselor who told me to let her call me whatever she wants. She still calls me Mama and knows she has a birth mother and also knows I'm her grandmother but says I am her real mother.

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