When did your DC start calling you 'Mum' instead of 'Mummy'?

(52 Posts)
YankNCock Sun 17-Nov-13 11:06:46

DS is only just 4 and recently started reception. He went through the phase of discovering his parents have first names about 4-5 months ago, and was trying that out, but soon when back to 'mummy' and 'daddy'.

In the last week, he's starting calling us 'Mum' and 'Dad', and I don't like it! He's only 4, surely 'mummy' doesn't get permanently dropped this young?

I'm not ready to be 'Mum'!

Morgause Sun 17-Nov-13 11:08:05

We were Mum and Dad from the start. I hate Mummy and Daddy. <squirms>

NickNacks Sun 17-Nov-13 11:08:34

Ds1 was 8
Ds2 was 5 - about 6 weeks after ds1 started doing it
As a result dd is 2 and calls me both plus, mama.

Dd1 was about 4.5/5. Dd2 (3) calls me mama still

SPsDoesntLikeChaffingFishnets Sun 17-Nov-13 11:10:08

I have always been mum but his dad is daddy.

since nursery though he has started saying mummy and I dont like it

NickNacks Sun 17-Nov-13 11:10:13

Sorry dd is 3 not 2.

LalyRawr Sun 17-Nov-13 11:11:35

I'm Mum, dad is Daddy. Has been since she could talk.

Well more accurately I'm 'mum mum mum mum MUM!' And dad is Daddy.

HSMMaCM Sun 17-Nov-13 11:12:29

DD is 15 and calls us mummy and daddy when not in earshot of her friends. Around them we are mum and dad or mother and father. My own mum called her mother mummy her whole life.

shallweshop Sun 17-Nov-13 11:14:12

My DC are 9 and 7 and alternate between calling us mummy and daddy and mum and dad. I would say my elder DD probably calls me mummy more than younger DS.

I was always mum, I like it. I am not a mummy.

YankNCock Sun 17-Nov-13 11:35:55

Let me clarify, I don't like being called 'Mum' because to me it signifies that my little guy is growing up! If he had always said 'mum', that would have been fine--it's the change that I find disturbing.

googlyeyes Sun 17-Nov-13 12:31:59

dd is 9 and still calls me mummy. ds2 is 4 and it's mummy from him too. I assume once dd makes the change ds2 will follow, but she says she's going to call me mummy forever. Think she's a bit anxious about growing up at the moment!

I have to admit I'll be sad when they call me mum. End of an era!

HoobleDooble Sun 17-Nov-13 12:39:05

My DS is nearly 5 and has just started with 'mum and dad' rather than 'mummy and daddy', I agree with you OP. It looks like he's going to be my only baby, so I don't want him to grow up so fast!

FredFredGeorge Sun 17-Nov-13 14:51:51

I tried to get DD to call me "Dad" or "Fred" instead of daddy (as I don't like it), and she listened patiently and decided "Freddy" would be a good name. Fortunately she forgot that quickly. She's 2.5 and it's sad to hear that it may be awhile before she loses the -dy

ZuleikaD Sun 17-Nov-13 17:26:52

I won't let them call me mum. It's my job, I get to decide the title. It's mummy or I don't answer.

PolterGoose Sun 17-Nov-13 17:29:57

Earlier this year, at 9yo, ds went straight from mummy and daddy to our names confused

MadameLeBean Sun 17-Nov-13 17:30:15

"Mum" makes me feel old! Dd calls me mummy - I won't answer to mum

sparkleshine Sun 17-Nov-13 18:58:27

DS nearly 4 calls me mummy. He knows mine and his dad's name. Sometimes he will call me mum if were at my parents and copies me when I'm talking to my mum. Occasionally he'll call me by my actual name which I don't like and tell him I'm mummy. I like it and not looking forward to when I'm mum permanently.

Procrastinating Sun 17-Nov-13 19:04:30

Mine tell me they call me 'mum' when talking to their friends (god knows what they say about me), but I will only answer to mummy at home. They are 7 and 8.
My 4 year old is still on 'mama'.

Groovee Sun 17-Nov-13 19:15:39

With dd I was mummy til she was about 8. But D's never called us mummy and daddy. It was alway mum and dad.

My 6.5yo still calls us Mummy and Daddy, but my nearly 3yo has started saying Mum and Dad. I find it quite strange.

saragossa2010 Sun 17-Nov-13 19:46:29


ToysRLuv Sun 17-Nov-13 23:03:48

DS (4) sometimes calls us "mum" and "dad" now. I don't particularly care. Better than calling us by our names. Anyways, I know I am unusual, as I often actively WANT him to grow up <bad mum(my) emoticon>

teacherwith2kids Sun 17-Nov-13 23:08:15

DD and DS (10 and 12) call me 'mummy' to my face and 'my mum' when referring to me in conversation e.g. with friends. Have no wish to change this situation.

I am not a 'mum' person. I call my own parents mother and father, after a long discussion in early teenage. They called their parents mama and papa. We really aren't quite enough of the last century, let alone of this one, to be ready for 'mum' and 'dad'.

Tommy Sun 17-Nov-13 23:10:17

similar to teacherwith2kids - my DSs are 11 and 10 and they call me Mummy but refer to me as Mum. That's fine with me smile

DD calls me mummy, mum, muma or breathe. She is 3 and seems to like trying them all out.

ZuleikaD Mon 18-Nov-13 06:42:07

Like teacher I call my own mother Mother and if the children want to change from mummy then they can use that.

chickydoo Mon 18-Nov-13 06:46:21

I am Mummy Dad is Daddy
My kids are 18, 16, 14 and 9
My DD likes it, my eldest boy says Mama if his friends are around, TBH I don't really mind, Mummy is what I'm used to.

DeathMetalMum Mon 18-Nov-13 07:21:20

Dd1 is nearly 3 and I have noticed her switching to the shorter versions Mum and Dad occasionally. Dd also calls me Mama when she is in a very wingy mood which drives me crazy.

AuntieStella Mon 18-Nov-13 07:24:16

I'm still mummy to all. But the change to "Dad" has happened - can't remember exactly when, I think about the time the eldest went to secondary.

bigTillyMint Mon 18-Nov-13 07:25:00

DD(14) does a mixture of mum/mummy - has done for at least 5 years (was always mummy before then)
DS(12) usually calls me mum and has probably done so for about 4/5 years.

BlackberrySeason Mon 18-Nov-13 07:25:31

Still call my dm Mummy blush used to think it was awful said by adults (this was when I was a scathing teen) but it just feels right! Call her mother or mum when taking about her to others, though.

So Mummy can last forever!

About 5, I encouraged it by referring to DH as Dad not Daddy, didn't want them sounding babyish as they grew up. I call my parents Mum and Dad too. DD (7) still calls me Mamma sometimes.

DeWe Mon 18-Nov-13 10:46:54

Dd1 insists on mummy (she's 13)
Dd2 and ds (9 and 6) vary as to mum or mummy.

Bumpsadaisie Mon 18-Nov-13 11:09:02

DD (4) does a mix of mum and mummy. She started introducing mum at about 3.5.

DS (just turned 2) does the same, as he copies his sister!

rrreow Mon 18-Nov-13 15:27:00

I'm mama (Dutch) but DS1 (2.5yo) calls me 'ma'. I hate it!!

It's funny though because if I refer to myself as 'mammie' (Dutch word, same pronunciation as 'mummy') he will 'correct' me and tell me I'm mama.

Mum2Fergus Mon 18-Nov-13 17:27:01

Last week hmm he's just turned 4

MERLYPUSS Mon 18-Nov-13 20:10:09

I am mummy, mum, mumma or luffly mummykins to dts (6).
I am 48 and my dad is still daddy or daddo.

OdaBear Mon 18-Nov-13 21:55:28

My toddler calls me 'mama' or 'mummy'. He's going to be two on Friday. He calls my mum 'mum', as he's so used to hearing me say 'hi mum' on the phone or in real-life. Maybe I should cut down on contact with my mother?!!

Hulababy Mon 18-Nov-13 21:57:24

DD is 11y - we are still mummy and daddy to our face, but she refers to us as mum and dad if talking to friends or if friends are about, unless close friends. Most of her Y7 friends are the same from what I have seen.

gamerchick Mon 18-Nov-13 22:00:34

I've always had mam. Any mummy carrying on was a prompt we weren't in fucking peppa pig and nipped in the bud promptly.

tshirtsuntan Mon 18-Nov-13 22:05:32

I am either Gwen Ten, Ash, Korn, Gromit or any other non-speaking/supporting role

UsedToBeNDP Mon 18-Nov-13 22:11:04

Youngest is 11 and slips between the 2.

I don't remember calling my mum "mummy" as an older child but then my relationship with her was different to mine with DD.

StandingInLine Mon 18-Nov-13 22:17:38

My stepson called his mum "mummy" until 14 / 15 ,and my stepdaughter still does at 16 !!

saragossa2010 Tue 19-Nov-13 16:31:31

I did it until she died. It's just a class thing isn't it?

From about 2 although still occasionally get mummy or mama. I have friends who correct their dc if they have called them mum. I never have as always remember growing up that I had to call my parents mummy and daddy and felt embarrassed in front of my friends

Babylonmoo Wed 20-Nov-13 08:02:07

Saragossa- you are probably right but which classes do what?

What about grandparents? Grandma or granny or nanny or nan? Any alternatives to grandpa and grandad?

I never want to be mum because of the associations I have with it to my own mum.

So far I am nothing!

ExcuseTypos Wed 20-Nov-13 08:17:48

Mine are 22 and 19 and I was Mummy unti dd1 was about 10, then I was Mum.
However when she was about 15 she started calling me Mummy again. Dd2 stuck with Mum.

Roll on a few years and I mainly mum or mumma from both of them.

GooseyLoosey Wed 20-Nov-13 08:28:47

To my ds (10) I am generally, but not always, mum. If he is tired and in need of a hug, I am still mummy. Same with dh.

To dd (9) both of us are still most definitely "mummy" and "daddy". She did try out "mumma" for a while but I hated that so much I had to ask her to stop.

cornflakegirl Wed 20-Nov-13 09:25:34

DS1 tried out my name for a few months when he was 4, but went back to mummy. He also tested out mum for a bit. It's not necessarily permanent.

NotYoMomma Thu 21-Nov-13 09:44:39

18 months

unprompted :/

TwoStepsBeyond Thu 21-Nov-13 10:00:36

DS1 is 13 and still calls me mummy blush

People think he's terribly posh whereas he's actually just never thought to change it as the others call me mummy too.

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