I really love Mama. I don't even know why, but that's what my kids called me up until they realized it could be Mommy or Mom.
Now my almost 9 year old always calls me Mom. My 4.5 year old calls me either Mama, Mommy or Mom depending on his mood.
"Mommy" if she is really needy, tired and clingy.
"Ma" if she wants something.
"Mom" if she is about to make a statement or ask a question.
"My mom Deb" when talking to other people about me.
"Deb" if she thinks she's being humorous and clever and sly.
DS 7 ~ DS 3
DD calls me Mama. She started out with Mommy (which I actually preferred for some reason) but switched when we moved overseas (she was 2.5yo at the time) and started to mimic as best she could what she heard other kids calling their mothers in their native language (Arabic) and she Americanized the pronunciation over time...though, funny enough, the language influence did not affect what she calls DH (Daddy), perhaps because the name in Arabic was different enough, starting with a completely different sound.
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.
we do mama and dada, though DD has started experimenting with daddy and dad. we'll see what happens as the kids grow up, people are already assuming that DD is old enough to call me mommy, and refer to me as her mommy to her.
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I never told dd what to call me but did refer to myself as Mommy early on.
Dd has called me Mommy, Mum, Mummy, Mother and Mom. I think she usually calls me Mom now.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
Our girls call me Mama and my DH Papa. OR sometimes we're both called "mapa" when they are thinking faster than they can talk!
Mama to two girls: 5/06 and 3/09
DD normally calls me mommy but if she really wants my attention she'll call me by my first name! Or she'll say "mommy [insert first name]". DH never gets called by his first by his first name so I don't know what's up with that!
They call me Mama or by my first name. DH is Daddy. Even though I called my mother Mommy, I'm not a fan. I always referred to myself as Mama and thank goodness it stuck! I'm just waiting on the day till my 8y switches over to Mom.
DS started right off with Mom at 6 months and never called me mama or mommy. I thought that was odd. Lately I'm "Big Mom" or sometimes I'm "Pink shirt Mom"
Life is strange and wonderful. Me , DP , DS (3/09) , 3 and 4
Mommy really, really gets on my nerves. So, as quickly as possible, I reinforce "Mama". They catch on pretty quick. It's also helpful that I still call my mama, well, "Mama", as she does when we refers to my grandmama. So, in our family, it's just the language we use.
And most of the time she says it she is just filled with joy. I love it. 2 is a great age.
Personally I don't care for Mama. If she tried to pick that up I would discourage it.
DD usually calls me Mummy but DS calls me one of either Mummers, Mummo, Meema or occasionally Mom (usually Mo-ooom with an eyeroll). And when he's exasperated, Mother. As in Yes, Mother *BIG SIGH*
I've always preferred Mama and reinforced that when ds was small. Never really liked Mommy, even thought that is what I called my mom. And sometimes he calls me daddy when he speaks before he thinks.
So Mama and sometimes Mom when he asks me a question (ds is 5). Mamama (ds 16 months).
Dh is usually daddy and sometimes dad, when ds talks about dh.
my dd calls me lots of things. even meanie.
usually its ma, mom, mommy, okasan or mama. she uses different ones in different moods.
my favourite melt-my-heart one is 'mama'. because she gives me this big hug and says 'my mama' in this tone of voice whose unspoken words are i love my mama so much.
that child can pack quite a punch in just mama, that says soo soo soo much more.
on a more basic level according to how my dd uses those terms - mama is more of an emotional connection, mom is for business and mommy is asking for something but afraid she may not get it. when she is excited and wants to share something its okasan. ma is her teasing word to be used when she wants to bug me.
We do Mama and Papa here. Except my oldest uses Momeeeeee when he's whiny, and the baby just says Mummmmmm right now. LOL.
She calls me mama... usually MAMAMAMAMAMAM!!! and husband is daDEE hehe. Those are what we both want to be called (well.. I'd prefer just one mama to it being yelled multiple times... ) but I'm cool if she calls me something else assume it is said with love rather than insult hehe.