By Karen Best Wright, www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com
Deciding what name your grandchildren call you, whether or not you are the ones raising them, is usually something that is decided. Not always, sometimes grandchildren make up their own names for you and it just sticks.
Here is a list of names that grandchildren call their grandparents who are raising them, that I collected from the survey that is linked from my main website. Just in case you are interested:
Mom, Mama, Momma and Papa, Gram, Grandma, Grammie, Mom-Mom, Maw-Maw and Paw-paw, Na-Na, Ms. Nana (cute), Mommy, Nanny, Bala, Pop, Bopi, Nanny, Meemaw, Memesy, Mimi, Meema, Grandma (+first name), MiMi, MaMaw, Yia-Yia, Granny, GrandMoma, LaLa, Granma, Mem, YaYa, G-Pa and G-Ma, Grand(+first name), Maya, Mama (+first name), Oma, Mother, and Nene.
When I was growing up I don't remember such a diversity. I thought everyone called their grandmother, grandma (with last name added) or grandmother (with last name added). I called my grandparents Grandma Best and Granddaddy Best. (I didn't know my maternal grandparents.) My children called their grandmother, Grandma Wright and their great grandmother, Grandmother Wright (to distinguish between the two). I wonder why we were so formal. We younger grandparents don't seem to be doing that. We seem to be more creative. My grandchildren call me Nana and their grandfather Grandpa Doug, no last names.
What did you call your grandparents or what do your children call their grandparents? When did we drop the formality, or was my family just strange and stodgy?
I hope to receive some comments on this questions.
Karen Wright, B.S. Health & Wellness Educator
Writer and Internet Marketing Consultant
A grandmother with the most adorable grandchildren in the world