I call my parents Mama & Daddy. I’ve always called them that. I never graduated to Mom & Dad or Mother & Father. My brother is 28 (in a couple of days) and he calls my parents Mama & Daddy. (The only other people I know who do this are…uhm…well, when they say it, it sounds more like, “Mommah and Diddy.”)
It’s interesting because BOTH my parents call their parents Mama & Daddy, too. Obviously that’s why we do it, but the interesting thing is that my mom is from Minnesota and my dad is from Georgia. You’d think being from opposite sides of the country, they’d just do it differently.
Anyway, when Lydia was born, I wanted her to call me Mama. But every time I said it, it just sounded like MY mom. So, we did Mommy–sweet and cutesy, just like my little girl. I like being a “Mommy”.
But like everything else in this new two-year old land, she’s switching it up. She has begun experimenting with new names. She has called me Mama for about 3 days and yesterday suddenly started calling me Mom.
I am not ready for MOM.
“Mom” evokes the eye-rolling teenager that yells, “M-oooo-oooom!” while slamming her bedroom door. My 2 year old MUST revert to Mommy or Mama as soon as possible. I’m feeling positively ancient!
What do you call your parents? What do your kids call you? What do your parents call their parents? I’m interested in knowing if it’s different in different places or from generation to generation.