Anyone else not called "Mummy" & "Daddy" by their children?

(25 Posts)
QTPie Wed 21-Nov-12 20:17:31

DS is just about 34 months (so older toddler). He isn't a great speaker, but is great with the names of food and things like "waterfall" etc - so isn't exactly mute...

... However we are "Mee"/"Mee Mee" and "Danya" (and not "Mummy" and "Daddy"). I think that mine comes from him calling me "MumMumMum" when he was younger (and us saying "MumMee!" in reply). No idea where "Danya" comes from (he used to be "DaDa"....).

I have come to the conclusion that we are now stuck with "Mee" and "Danya" for the foreseeable future (have been like this for some considerable time - a year maybe?). Because of a mixture of "that is what he likes to call us" and because we answer to the names. I suppose it feels fairly "unique"...

Anyone else (especially those with older toddlers/children) who also aren't "Mummy" and "Daddy" or something else usual?

amazingmumof6 Wed 21-Nov-12 20:47:57

I think it's rather sweet he has special nick names for you! great story to tell on his wedding day - I'd be very happy with those!!!!

my aunt use to call us "My little booboo" when we were little, so that's what we call her now! I never ever use her real name!

TheCountessOlenska Wed 21-Nov-12 21:07:36

My toddler has changed what she calls us a few times - mumma/ deeda, mum-mum/ dad-dad and at the moment she is going through a phase of calling us by our first names! (hope this doesn't stick tbh!).

I think your DS's names for you are lovely but I would think it's just a phase smile

MrsCF Wed 21-Nov-12 21:16:19

We stayed with relatives in Australia in March when DS was 26 months, ever since he has called me Mama (thats what his cousins call their mum) rather than mummy, I really hated it at first but got used to it now, it's quite sweet and a reminder of my nephews too.

MrsPnut Wed 21-Nov-12 21:18:20

I used to be called Mamma, and then got called by my first name and am now back to Mamma again.

Dad was Daddy, then his first name and now either Dad or Pappa.

DS1 (nearly 5) calls his Dad by his nickname.
Now DS2 (nearly 2) does it too.

It is cute, but some people do raise eyebrows/assume DP isn't the dad, which he obviously doesn't like much sad

I get called Muuuuuuuuuuuuuum most of the time <sigh>

trixie123 Thu 22-Nov-12 11:24:59

Our 3.3 DS has just learnt our actual names and tries to use them but he knows he's being cheeky and we don't answer him - he also tries "honey" or whatever DH and I call each other smile. He also does it with the GP

Mumofjz Thu 22-Nov-12 12:40:39

"Hey you guys" - when being approached by DS (7)

QTPie Thu 22-Nov-12 12:53:17

Ha ha ha.

Thank you all very much smile

Yes, we are quite touched by having our own, unique, names. I am sure it is just a phase (and one of many).

Looks like we have a lot to look forward too (or maybe not...).

poppyboo Thu 22-Nov-12 17:38:39

I'm mama!

BrawToken Thu 22-Nov-12 17:39:59

My Mum is Gaga to my kids (except by my teenager in public grin). I like it!

Fenton Thu 22-Nov-12 17:43:22

My boys call me Mumpskie a lot of the time.

I have no idea where it came from, they are 5 and 8.

VerityClinch Thu 22-Nov-12 17:43:33

DS who will be two tomorrow went through a long spell of calling me Nanny.

Now he calls me and DH Mummy and Daddy completely interchangeably.

insanityscratching Thu 22-Nov-12 18:01:35

Ds who has autism and never really grasped my name eventually got it at about 7 and called me Ma. I was so happy he could have called me anything tbh but no idea where he got Ma from.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Thu 22-Nov-12 18:17:56

I am either Mama, Mammy, Catherine or Sweetheart! Sometimes a combination!

Ds, 2 usually calls me maman in a French accent! We are not French, don't live in France and afaik he has never met anyone French hmm

mamacoffee Fri 23-Nov-12 22:33:54

Im mama and in the morning I have mamacoffee, hence my name!

BardOfBarking Fri 23-Nov-12 22:45:10

My dd called me Baba until she was 3 - I missed it when she switched to mummy.

bangersmashandbeans Fri 23-Nov-12 22:56:26

My friend called his parents both 'ee' as in mummee and daddee - very early on decided he was too cool to say mum and dad.

redandwhitesprinkles Fri 23-Nov-12 22:58:49

We are mammy and daddy but my dad is yaya (as in yaya torre but not). I assume my daughter got bored of not being able to say grandad!

QTPie Fri 23-Nov-12 23:08:47

Hhhmmm, worried that DS may be too cool then wink

The funny thing is that he has Grandma and Grandpa off oat in Cantonese! (The only Cantonese that he speaks), can't get Mummy and Daddy....

... But, yes, I will be sad when I get called Mummy (eventually, maybe!)

Fluffeh Sat 24-Nov-12 18:24:29

My niece couldn't pronounce my aunts name until she was about 4 and would call her dope. It doesn't sound anything like her actual name but it was cute and funny to hear her shout an excited "Dope, I'm here!" When being picked up from nursery.

AnneElliott Sat 24-Nov-12 18:26:40

I am Mamma. DS heard it on a Jane Austen adaptation and fell about laughing. I think he likes it as it's different.

Bunbaker Sat 24-Nov-12 18:29:35

When DD was little she couldn't say granny so she called her diddy instead. When she started saying granny properly her granny's sister (DD's great auntie) said she missed the "diddy" because it was so cute.

Wigeon Sat 24-Nov-12 18:35:12

My (English) cousin calls her Hungarian granny "Gai". For years (until I was an adult) I thought it was because that was the Hungarian for "granny". Turns out that it was just that as a small child she pronounced "granny" as "gai" and it just stuck. blush. Still don't know what the Hungarian for granny is!

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