should Grandma allow granddaughter to call her Mommy?

Lorsia - posted on 11/01/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old granddaughter has been with us since 2 weeks old, When she was 8 months old her mommy left and never came back. My son still lives with us with the 18 month old and a 4 year old.Her mom rarely calls and has seen them 3 times since January. The 18 month old has started calling me mommy. I always address myself as mamaw when I speak to her but she still calls me mommy. I know right now I am filling the role of mommy to her and I don't want to do anything to confuse her. Is it ok to let her call me mommy as long as I continue to call myself mamaw to her?

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Chet - posted on 11/04/2014

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She's only 18 months old. Mommy and Mamaw are close. I think that if you continue to call yourself Mamaw she'll eventually start. So I would do exactly as you're doing. Let her say mommy, and keep calling yourself Mamaw.

Jessica - posted on 11/03/2014

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It's awesome that you recognise that you are not the child's mother even though you are raising the child. I think you should continue addressing yourself as you have been. My 2 year old son calls me Mommy. We live with My in-laws. When I refer to her I call her "Granny." however when she refers to herself when speaking to my son she calls herself "Mom." he has now started calling her "MOM!" when infuriates me beyond belief. So I think it's AWESOME that your not forcing the child to call you "Mommy" and that it was done out of free will.

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