What Your Kids Call You Says a Lot About Your Parenting Style

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Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY! Come on, you know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? When your kids want something, they want it now, and Mom is the one they go to to get it.

Ok, maybe your kids call you something other than “mommy.” Are you Mom, or maybe even Mother? Actually, I’m willing to bet that what your kids call you says a lot about your parenting style.

7 Things Kids Call Their Moms That Says a Lot About Their Relationships

Ma’am: You are old fashioned, and a stickler for rules and regulations. You raise your kids military style. Their beds are made first thing in the morning. Their clothes are pressed.

Mama: You are the crunchy type. You never turn down an opportunity to cuddle, and are likely to have co-slept or tandem nursed your toddler.

Mother: You are kind of scary (sorry, but this is how Norman Bates referred to his mom). You are a tiger mom, raising your kids to be overachievers. They are already taking mandarin, violin ... before their first birthdays.

Mom: You’re casual and generally laid back. Maybe your kids are getting a little bit older, and too cool to keep up with the mama or mommy references.

Ma: You’re from the south. You kids probably had their first sips of sweet tea out of sippy cups.

Your first name: You’re a hippy. You make your own deodorant and insist it works just as well as store-bought. Sorry but no.

Mommy: You have little kids, and dread the day they will be too cool to refer to you as anything but “mom.”

What do your kids call you?


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MamaC... MamaCatShively

My second is only 6.5 months so she calls me all sorts of jibberish right now.  My first (she's 4) usually runs between, Mama, Mom and Mommy depending on her mood.  I call her Grandma Mama so that is what I usually get and I love it :)

CKel CKel

7yr old calls me mom, or mamma


19month old calls me mamamamamama

Coles... Coles_mom

Mine usually call me mama...although the oldest (7) has really started leaning towards just plain old "mom'. :)

Coles... Coles_mom

^^^ oh...and I do cosleep and nursed all my kids till they were toddlers, so maybe you're on to something. :)

nonmember avatar Eva

My three year old has always called me Momma or Mommy but just this past couple of weeks has been calling me Mom. I am not a fan. :( I miss 'Momma'. She's growing up too fast!!!

TB78 TB78

Our 7 yr old calls me Mama, mom, and mommy. We cosleep and I bfed him till he was 1 1/2yrs old.

nonmember avatar Cali-bina

My 1 year old and 3 year old call me mommy and my 8 yr old calls me mommy or mom as well as my 16 year old. But the oldest is a sweetheart and usually sticks with mommy. :)

cecil... cecillesmommy

Kiddo (4 and a half) ranges between mama (usually when sleepy, and yes we did and still do co-sleep) and mommy :)

jec72579 jec72579

13 year old daughter and 6 year old son both call me Mama. Only b-fed one, and only for 6 months. And I am TOTALLY against co-sleeping!!!

jacsm... jacsmama022

I think mama and ma'am are more of a south thing. Mine calls me mama and answers me with ma'am when called. Same way with my mama and everyone else I know.

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