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#1 of 34 Old 03-24-2011, 12:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I always just assumed DS would call me 'Mommy' just like I called my mom and every other kid called their mom... It never occurred to me that I could ask him to call me something else, until a friend of mine said something about her DD not calling her "Mommy." I have to admit, it really appeals to me to have DS call me something else, for multiple reasons!! I like 'Mama', and right now he alternates between that & 'Mommy', but I really don't know what I'd like him to call me long-term (not 'Mommy' though). What do your kids call you??

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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. 

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"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.


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My kids call me mommy and occasionally my oldest calls me mom. I don't think I realized that I might like mama better until it was too late! But in my family of origin, mommy is the norm and that's what I called my mom when I was younger so that's all I knew.

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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.


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We do "Mama" and "Daddy" here. I still call my parents Mama & Daddy, so that's my norm and what sounds 'right' to me.


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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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Mama and Daddy although DS is picking up on other kids using Mommy and Mom already.  Sometimes also uses dad.  He is just three.

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"Mommy" when we are home in NYC, "Mammy" when we go to visit my parents in Ireland and Anne sometimes when she feels like it.

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MaMaMooMoo when he's being silly

My full name when when he showing off in front of his friends

Mama when he wants something

Mom pretty much all other times


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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.

 


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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!

 


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DD normally calls me mommy but if she really wants my attention she'll call me by my first name! lol.gif 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!

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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. 


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Mum!

 

or mostly... MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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"  shrug.gif


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My teens now usually call me Mom, although 14 y.o. DD still often uses "Mummy". When they were much younger, it was "Mummum" or "Mamma", and I loved both of them or "Mummy", and then "Mom". 

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I am Mama, XP is Dada and DP is Daddy for DD1.  I am umumumum and DP is dadadada for DD2 (9 months) ;)

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11 & 7 year old call me Mom.  5 & 3 year old call me Mama.


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21 and 19 yr. olds call me Mommy and 6 yr. old calls me either Mama or Mommy.


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My DD calls me "Mama." :-)


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"Mama"

 

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.

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Mommy

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.

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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*


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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.

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DD (3) usually calls me Mummy; occasionally she'll call me Smokey, or even Little Smokey (which is what DH calls me a lot).


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All my kids started out with Mama. My 5 and 7 year olds still call me that sometimes, but sometimes they say Mommy. My 10 year old doesn't call me anything. eyesroll.gif I think at some point he deicided he was "too old" to call me Mama or Mommy, but for some reason doesn't want to call me Mom either. I've told him I don't care if he calls me by my first name, but he still doesn't really address me by any sort of name or title. It actually really bothers me/annoys me, but what can you do? It's been going on for a couple of years now. He still calls DH Daddy, though.eyesroll.gif
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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. 


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We do Mama and Papa here.  Except my oldest uses Momeeeeee when he's whiny, and the baby just says Mummmmmm right now.  LOL.


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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.

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