My son learned how to say my name and now I can't get him to call me mommy, what do I do?

Tiffany - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My two year old learned what my name is from my friend's kids and now all he does is call me Tiffy, how do I get him to call me Mommy again?

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Constanza - posted on 04/01/2013

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Keep referring to your self by the name you wish to be called. My husband and I refer to ourself as Mummy and Daddy ALL THE TIME in front of our kids. When talking to each other in front of them we say Mum or Dad, so for example, to him:"Dad, can you please pass the salt?" to my son:"Daddy is passing me the salt because I said please."

They will grow out of it, just keep reminding them :)

Suki - posted on 05/30/2011

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my son and daughters all called me by my name, it was a phase and they stopped after a little while. Just correct him and say I am mommy and then leave it at that...he'll grow tired and call you mommy again soon.

Tawnya - posted on 05/30/2011

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My 3 yr old calls me by my name. When she does this i don't answer her. I wait until she says mama, or mommy

Jessi - posted on 05/30/2011

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my son actually learned my name before momma but that was right around the time he started learning words. every time he saw a picture of me he'd say "das jessi". my family and friends (when talking to my son) refer to me as momma and i also speak to him in 3rd person referring to myself as momma. he since has never said my name but he now calls my mom and dad "momma" as well even though i have refered them to him as grandma and grandpa. we are trying to teach him to say meema and papa but he still calls them momma.

at least you son calls you Tiffy though! my oldest brother's girlfriend has the same name and I have been trying to teach him to call them Uncle Andy and Auntie Tiffy but he says Unco Annie and Aunnie Titty!

Kourtney - posted on 05/29/2011

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LLOL my daughter does that too. She's always like where is Kourtney. We just say mommy after she says it.

Stacey - posted on 05/29/2011

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this might sound weird but when he calls you Tiffy, ignore him until he calls you mommy and keep doing that until he stops calling you Tiffy. hope this helps

Maria - posted on 04/01/2010

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Tiffany, I don't think you should worry about that...If you say "Come to Mommy" or "Give this to Mommy", the child will know who's Mommy. :) The daughter of a friend of mine calls hier Daddy by name somethimes or just "Sweetheart" because her mother calls him this way and she just imitates. :) It's a matter of time I think...:)

Schyla - posted on 03/31/2010

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i go thorough this every time my nieces and nephews come around (witch is often) when my daughter or one of the other kids says their parents name we simply remind them that that's mommy but we don't make a big deal out of it in a few days they go back to mommy, ALL of my 10 nieces and nephew (all under 5) call my husband the same thing my kids call him haha He's DooDah everyone thinks it funny and the kids love to say it (he doesn't care as long as they don't call him Joey) don't make a big deal out of it and firmly remind him that you are mommy when he calls you Tiffy just say Mommy, the other thing I did was look at my child but refuse to respond until she said Mommy or mom.

Sara - posted on 03/31/2010

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it is just a phase. He's learned you have an identity like he does. Explain to him about grandparents and parents and how is explains who you are to him. I called my mom by her middle name for a while when I was younger.

DeAnna - posted on 03/31/2010

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my daughter is going thru the same thing right now she won't call us mommy and daddy she calls us Deanna and Joey...lol

Niki - posted on 03/31/2010

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When other adults/olderkids are around, get them to talk to your son with 'mommy' words and not use your name often - ie 'can you please give this to mommy?', or 'wow mommy looks pretty today doesnt she?' the more often he hears mommy and not your name the faster he'll switch back

Karen - posted on 03/31/2010

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it's just a stage - the more reaction he gets from you (or others who are around) the more he'll do it. just answer him as if he was calling you mommy and the excitement of it will wear off quickly :)

Rina - posted on 03/31/2010

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lol don't worry it doesn't last, my kids thought that it was funny that I had a name other than mommy lol

Alnendra - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son and daughter call me it all the time.. its just a fase that they are going through.

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