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Thursday, October 13, 2011

What do you call your parents? Mama? Daddy?

What do you call your parents? While hanging out with a male friend the other day, I got a quick call from my mom. As I hung up the phone, I said... "Bye, Mommy!" My friend looked surprised. So, now I'm wondering, is 32 too old to call your mom "Mommy"?

Tell me: What do you call your parents? Mom? Dad? Mama? Pops? Or by their first names now that you're an adult?

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Katherine Summers said...

Mum and Dad, mostly. Although one of my sisters went through a "Marmee" phase (a la "Little Women").

Ruby said...

Mommy & Daddy!

Catherine said...

We still call my parents "mommy" and "daddy" even though all of us kids are in our 30's. Sometimes names just stick.

Rachel said...

I still say daddy, even though I'm all grown up! My teenage brothers still say Mommy. I'd like my little boy to call me mama forever!

Krissy said...

mom and daddy-o! :)

sarah theresa said...

Mumma forever! Or Mum. My mother calls her mother that and I guess it caught on.

immaculate said...

I use mom and dad, unless I'm writing to my dad, and then it's usually daddy. I guess writing has a distance that allows me to feel comfortable being more child-like...

I think it's sweet that you're so close to your mom to call her mommy though :)

Also, I think that when I have kids, I like the sound of mama, or mommy.

Anonymous said...

Mom and dad normally, mommy and daddy if I need a favor (usually involving them watching our toddler!), mother and father when I am trying to make a point, and first names if I need their attention in a crowd.

laurenjeanallece said...

Mom and Daddy (or Dad-n). I feel like a girl is never too old to call her dad "Daddy"!

Michelly said...

Mama & Daddy when I am talking to them; if I am referring to them I say Mom & Dad.

Nothing But Bonfires said...

Yup, Mummy and Daddy. And I'm 31. But only to THEM, obviously -- I'd never say "Oh, my mummy was telling me the other day that..." because that sounds AWFUL. And terrible! And creepy! Around other people (apart from immediate family, of course; both my brothers and my sister also call them what I do), they're just Mum and Dad.

twelfthzodiac said...

They are mom & dad to me! I think it's strange to hear anyone over the age of 10ish say "mommy". I find (as an early childhood educator)that at a certain age it becomes embarrassing to say it the same way that a 1yr old does.
Interested to see how many other people do this! lol

Jana Miller said...

mom an ddad...but my 19 year old son calls me momma. Makes me so happy.
xo jana

Melissa Blake said...

I called my dad father and my mother mom. It was funny because when I was little, i'd call my dad by his first name. :)

The Girlie Blog said...

In Chinese, they are "mama" and "baba."

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meawhitbrown said...

I'm 22, and have 24 and 17 year old sisters. We call our parents Mama and Daddy, and probably will forever. That's what my mom, her brother, and sister all still call their parents. I want to be called Mama when I have kids!

Lindsay @ The Everything Project said...

My Dad called his parents Mommy and Daddy until they passed away. If a 50-year-old can call his 80-year-old father "Daddy", anyone can! I never really thought about this before, but I am glad I did. Thanks :)

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Diana Mieczan said...

I always call them: mama and daddy:)I know that they really like it so it's totally cool with me:) Have a great afternoon. xo

Ashley said...

Mama and Daddy and now that I am a mom, I want to be Mama forever, too!

etoilee8 said...

Mum and Dad (Sometimes "Pops" and when I want to be obnoxious "Pappy")

Kerikins said...

I'm a mama and dad kind of gal. I think I only briefly went through the Mommy/Daddy phase when I was really young. (Also, when writing to my mom she's Mama Bear... :-)

Shannon said...

mom
dad

Anonymous said...

I say mom and dad, but my dad refers to himself and my mom as "mommy and daddy" ... it's pretty cute :)
-S.

madeline said...

I call my mom "mom" or sometimes "mama" and I mostly call my dad "papa bear".

Alejandra Ramos said...

Mama and Papa with the accent at the end for each (as in ma-MAH pa-PAH) My family is Puerto Rican and I spoke Spanish first for the first 2-3 years of my life so that's what I called them. My husband is from a Russian/Ukrainian background so he calls his parents Mama and Papa with the accent at the beginning (MAH-ma and PAH-pa) so when we have kids it'll be Mama in Spanish and Papa in Russian for them!

Maggie said...

Daddy and mama, I'm from the south so maybe it's more common. I remember being like 15 and really wanting to call them "mom and dad" so I would feel like less of a loser, but I just thought it would break their hearts so I could never do it! I can't imagine being like "well I'm a grown up now so I guess that makes you John and Denise." That would be so weird!

Isabel said...

Mom and Dad or Pappa in Swedish. When they don't answer I call them by their names. From what I can tell they respond to them quicker...

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, nothingbutbonfires, my friend refers to her mom as "Mom" in conversation with other people, like "I was talking to Mom the other day..." so funny!

Suzanne said...

I'm not englisch but I cal my mother Mam or Ma and my pap or pa. Sometimes I call my father Daddy. The word has so much love in it I think

Joanna Goddard said...

maggie, that is so sweet!!!!!!!

it's a savoury life said...

Muds and Puds. LOL. I don't know where it came from...

Aya said...

Mama and Pops.
And sometimes Mama-roo and Papa-o. I'm not sure where those came from but they've stuck around for quite a while now. (If I say "Mama-roo" my mom responds "Yes, Baby-roo?" despite the fact that I'm 27).

Danielle Goates said...

My sister started calling my dad "fluffy" when she was in elementary school. So now we all do... but sometimes we just shorten it to "Fluff" He tells people he demands respect from his daughters, thats why they call him "Fluffy" hahah.

Anonymous said...

Mom, sometimes Mama, and Pops.

Jennifer said...

I call them Mom and Dad, but Mom is sometimes Momacita and Dad is sometimes Da or Daddy (usually around the holidays, when I'm feeling sweet or when I need his help)! In stores, when "Mom" doesn't get her attention, it's "Sally!" -- I've only just stopped feeling weirded out by calling her that in public.

Fashion Flirt said...

Depends on the mood I'm in! Sometimes, she's Momma, sometimes she's Linda (her first name, and I use that almost exclusively for teasing), sometimes she's Mom, and sometimes she's Mommy. And, because my parents have lived in Brazil for 16 years, sometimes I call her Mamãe or Mãe, especially when I'm trying to get her attention in Canada from across the room as she is tuned in to listening for Portuguese.

With my dad, it is the same thing - Dad, Daddy, Father (exclusively for teasing), Thomas (his first name) or Papai (Portuguese for dad). I don't think I've ever had an exclusive name for either one, really. Funny.

MY MUNOZ FAMILY said...

Mom & Daddy and I'm 30! :)

Katie said...

We call our parents Mom and Dad unless my nephews are there and in the conversation, then they're Gigi and Grampy. And if they don't answer, to get their attention, I'll use their real names...TJ and Lisa...oooooh!

Samantha said...

I call them Mom and Dad, but my little sister (who is 23) still mostly calls her mama.

Catherine said...

I'm 39, and it's still Mommy and Daddy. My two older sisters do the same. I couldn't imagine calling them anything else. In conversation with other people I refer to them as my Mom and Dad.

meg said...

usually mom and dad, but sometimes i call my mom momma. sometimes i call them by their first names when im joking around with them or talking to friends of mine. a friend of mine in college calls her mom by her first name so i just picked it up from hanging out with her. i think my mom gets a kick out of it because it makes her feel like one of the girls :)

angharad said...

I call my mum Dave and my dad Fth - sounds kind of like blowing the air out of your cheeks if you say it properly. It's been like this since I was about ten, & my sister and brother do the same. I know it sounds silly but I can't imagine calling them anything else. They call themselves those nicknames too! I actually feel a bit daft admitting this ... but I LOVE your blog Joanna and finally have something unique to me that I feel I can comment on!

BH said...

I mostly refer to my mom and dad as "mom" and "dad". Sometimes I'll throw a "mommy" or "daddy" in there if I'm feeling particularly lovey.

What is more interesting though, are the names that my nephew made up for them (the oldest always gets to decide! He calls my mom "Ammee" and my dad "Dadada". He got that name because he used to sing that song to him from the Volkswagon commercial that went "dadada . . . " It is too cute!

nicole said...

I call my mother, "Mom," and my father has a list of names, "Papa," "Dad," "Daddio Suprem-o!" Ha! I also call my sister, Elizabeth, "Liz," "Lizzie," and "Beebe." I'm known as "Nic" or "Nikki." xo.

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

Mother and Daddy....and when in mixed, informal company, Connie and Bob. My boys call me Mom, though I don't really dig the name very much!

A Bicycle Built For Two said...

Both my boss (in his 50's) and my wife (in her 30's) call their moms mommy. It totally grosses me out.

La Maison Fou said...

Mum & Dad.....

Same for my kiddos..although I miss having a Nana~

L.

Rachel said...

I call mine Mama (as all good Southern girls do, haha) and Dad. Sometimes I call Mom "Mother" if I'm frustrated, because that's what my mom calls HER mom when she's frustrated. It's always seemed a harsh title to me, but I know it's only the context of my life. My mom told us when we were in middle school that she HATED the sound of "Mommy" and would always cringe if we jokingly called her that, so I always imagine my children calling me "Mama" someday too.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Who knows, call her whatever you want. I call my parents Mom & Dad but my 25 year old daughter calls me Momma, always has and I guess at this point, always will.

meesch said...

I call my mom 'ma' or 'may' (the latter being a lazier way of saying ma when I was younger, oops!) and my little sister always yells at me, saying I sound like a 'hick'!

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Miss Mary Edith said...

I almost always call mine Mama and Daddy. Sometimes I'll call my mom Mum or Mummy if I'm being silly.

My mother and aunt both call their parents the same, even though they are 61 and my grandparents are in their 80s. I called them Grandmama and Granddaddy, but somewhere in my teenage years I made up the names Scrammy and Scrappy, and they love them!

I do think part of it is being from the South, where calling them Mama and Daddy doesn't raise eyebrows. But when I talk to friends about them, I usually call them Becky or Beckster and Julius--which feels REALLY weird!

Chessa! said...

my sister and I still call them mommy and daddy...but "mom" or "dad" when we're mad at them. isn't that funny? I can't remember the last time my parents called me "Monica"...that was usually reserved for when I was in trouble growing up. I've had my nickname since I was born and now it's just "chess" or "chessa" or "chesita" or "chessie" :)

Lisa said...

i'd be interested to see if all the "momma's" and "daddy's" are from the south. that's where i'm from and it is acceptable for middle-aged and older adults to refer to their parents as such.
i tend to spice it up, mommakins, and momsicle (like popsicle) and daddy is sometimes daddio. i am 28. i am not ashamed. (even if i should be)

Chessa! said...

ps--my mom still calls my grandmother "mami" and my dad calls my other grandma "mama"...although that might be cultural too but still.

KatieMaye said...

The first time i heard my boyfriend call his mom "mommy" i was surprised but now i'm used to it and i find it cute that he feels comfortable saying that.

Heather said...

Mom and Dad. Unless I'm refering to them in conversation, when I have a bizarre tendency to call them by their names.

Kate K said...

I always find this fascinating and I am loving everyone's answers! I call my parents Mom and Dad, of course, but Mom is more often times Muma (pronounced "Muh-ma") and dad is Daddy-O. If I'm referring to them as a group (and I often times do since I'm an only child), it's the rents, or the parental unit, or, if I want them to sound tough, the unit, or meryl (which is a celebrity combo name ala brangelina)

Carrie said...

I call my Mom Mommy sometimes. Mostly when I'm really happy or really sad. Day to day though it's Mom.

hip hip gin gin said...

When it comes to parents (and grandparents for that matter) I don't think you're ever too old to call them what you'd like!

When talking about them to others I'll call them mother and father. But talking to them it's mom, ma, mommy, midgy (don't know how that nickname came about but I still use it), dad, daddy, pappy. And sometimes if I want an annoying favor from my dad I'll call him father in an Oliver Twist please sir may I have some more British accent because it cracks him up so hard he usually does what I'm asking =)

I would only call them by their first names in an I need your attention right this second emergency situation since it would surely freak them out.

Jessica said...

I use Mom & Dad... but my fiance uses his parents first names. Is that just a guy thing? He says it started because he worked in his dad's office. Anyone else have a story of why someone uses their parents' first names?

Briana said...

For me? Mom = Mom. Dad = Dado!

For my husband? Mom = Barb. Dad = Paul.

colleen said...

They're just mom and dad. I don't remember the last time I called them mommy and daddy. Feels too infantile.

However! When I'm talking to my cat, I say things like "mommy will feed you soon," so yeah I don't know how to explain that bit..

Marie said...

Depends on my mood. Mostly mom and dad, but sometimes mommy and daddy.

My little girl calls me Mama and my husband, Papi.



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Mindy said...

Mostly common is Mom and Dad. But I've been known to use Momma, Pops, Poppa, or Parental Unit (when talking to both).

Rebecca said...

I call my mom either "mom" or "momma". I just call my dad "dad".

RVnRN said...

My mom is mom, and my step-dad is pop. Or I say his name. When I talk about him to other people sometimes I say, my stepdad or my dad. Love that guy!

Jessica! said...

I'm 28 and will always call my mom "mama" and I don't care who hears it! =)

I also still call my grandpa "popo", the rest of the grandkids call him papa or grandpa.

janis said...

Mom & Dad! Although, sometimes I refer to them jokingly by their first names when talking to my husband about them. Also - having a real hard time calling my husband's parents "mom" and "dad"! I really want to, but it is so tough to force myself to do it!

jacobithegreat said...

mom, momma, or her (not) favorite, "mah."

Daddy or padre.

Ashley said...

Momma and Poppa Theis are what i call them when talking about them...Mom and Dad or Mommy and Daddy when I am talking to them.

Rowena said...

I call my mom "MooMoo" It came out by accident once when I was younger and just stuck. My husband calls her that now too.

Abernacky said...

Mom/Momma and Daddy (I'm from NC).

My husband calls his Mom and Dad (he's from CT).

I dated a guy once, from NY, who called his parents mother and father and it just seemed really impersonal to me, or like he was mad at them.

Emom said...

Mom and Dad.....sometimes, Pop....smiles.

natalie said...

I've never called my Dad by Daddy, so on the rare occasion that I try he says "no" assuming that I want something. It cracks me up.

Cade said...

It's always been Mama and Daddy for me, and I was born and raised in Southern California.

Colleen said...

My mom has several names: Mum, Mamma, Mom, Mother, Marmee...the list goes on. My dad is just Dad. It really irks me when adults call their dad "daddy". It's something you use when you're a kid. And my dad feels the same way, even though my younger sisters call him "Daddy."

Catie said...

I call my mother Mumsie. :)

Breanna said...

Mom and Dad. Although occasionally Maman et Papa, especially my dad because he lived in France when he was younger and French is one of the things we both love.

Rosicel said...

mommy and daddy,
they prefer it this way because they feel it make us closer, less formal; like we can talk about anything. I guess it does..

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

I am clearly in the minority here, but I find it really strange and embarassing to hear an adult call their parents mommy and daddy. I call mine mom and dad and since I became an adult I call my aunts and uncles by their first names only, not preceeded by aunt or auntie. I am actually surprised by the response...maybe it will change how I feel when I hear this in future. Thanks for sharing.

Major Gal said...

i called my mom "mom" while she was alive, now i refer to her as "mama" when i'm speaking with my immediate family. I call my dad "Papa." he's actually my stepdad and I had always called him by his first name, but as i got older people started mistaking me for his young bride and now i refer to him with a paternal name so people don't think we're a couple. YUCK!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

Mom and Pop! So do my brothers, 33 and 43.

Laura said...

Mom and Papa. Sometimes Mama Bird because my mom's first name is Robin and her maiden name is Bird!

Angela [Simply Simple Me] said...

I call my Father: Dad, Daddy-oh
I call my mother: Mom or Mommy

I'm not embarrassed :)

k. said...

I call my mom Mutti, German for mommy. It's less embarrassing when it's in another language :)

Moonlight said...

Well, I speek greek so my answers won't be of much help but...here you go...

Im 25 and I call my mom "maa" and my dad "paa" Normally the words are "'MAMMA" and "PA'PA". Not so different, huh?

Amber Leigh said...

I either call my mother Ma or Mom and my father I call Dad or Dado. When I was 3 years old I went through a stage of calling them by their first names which I'm sure they were thrilled by (not) :)

Katie said...

So funny about referring to your parents as "Mom" and "Dad" to other people! That's a huge pet peeve of mine! I think it's so funny when my boyfriend says "I talked to Mom today..." haha - she's your mom, not mine! My mom's pet peeve is when my dad refers to her as "Mom" instead of "your mom" when he's talking to my sister and me :)

Sarah said...

Mom and Dad definitely! If I ever called them Mommy or Daddy I would get a look from not only them but from my siblings as well like "aaaahhh what did you just say" lol

Deborah said...

Mom & Dad. But when I'm joking.....woman and old man. I'm 30:)

Connie said...

It always sounds so wierd when I hear folks call their parents by their first names.

For me, I call my dad "Dad" and my mom "Momma." When I was little I called them "Daddy and Momma."

I don't think it's wierd at all for you to call your mom "Mommy." She's your mom, and you can call her whatever sweet form of that you want-no matter how old you get, you're still her girl! :)

Jessica! said...

I'd like to add that my boyfriend calls his mom "mother" which I find really formal and kind of weird. But calls his dad "daddy" or "pops".

off switch said...

i'm twenty two, and have always called my parents "mom" and "dad" - a few years ago i started mixing things up. i'll use "mama", "ma", "pa", and even "mama bear", "papa bear" on occasion. to me those names are so much more meaningful because it's not what i grew up calling them...i choose to because i love them.

Cynthia said...

My husband and I talk about this all the time. He thinks it's hysterical that my brothers and I not only call our parents Mommy and Daddy but we refer to them as such when talking about them. My brothers are 39 and 42!! I think it's sweet and endearing.

Jessi said...

My brother, sister and i all call my parents "mommy and daddy". no plans on quitting...

:)

Jessi
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julie said...

There was a really annoying toothpaste commercial in the 80's where the kids called their mom "mother". We found it so ridiculous that we started mocking the commercial. Whoops, we had too much fun with it and it stuck.
Our parents will forever be mother and daddy.
However, her grandparent name is slowly sliding into 1st place.

jenbern said...

I call my parents mom & dad, but recently started saying my mom's first name more (yvonne). my brother was visiting from out of town and heard me say yvonne and was so shocked, as if I were being disrespectful. But the way I actually mean it is not out of disrespect at all. we are really close and sometimes I want her to know that I not only value her in my life as my mom, but also as an individual and friend outside of her role as my mother.

Shannon said...

I always call my parents momma and daddy. Although sometimes I call my daddy dad. I have no idea how Momma started - but it stuck.

sumslay said...

Mom and Dad, but I do sometimes say Daddy (a girl's always gotta have their Daddy in their corner!). Funny story, because I see you use "mama" often: my grandmother would get mad if my mom called her Mama. She said it sounded poor and country and insisted on being called Mother. (Mind you, this was small town Texas, and they were in fact poor and country.)

Molly said...

I'm 31 and still call my mom Momma!

criscometh said...

I'm 24 and I still say Mommy and Daddy. My friends call my parents Mommy and Daddy now too! I don't think I'll ever be able to stop.

I also think the cutest and sweetest thing ever is hearing a boy/guy saying Mommy!

Anonymous said...

I call my mother 'maman' (french for mom) because we both speak the language. On a regular basis I say 'dad'...if i want a favor i say 'daddy' it it works like a charm.

molly.elizabeth said...

Mama and Daddy is what I like to use.

Tish said...

mom = mo
dad = dad

S. Fox said...

I started calling my mom "Madre" when she and I started working together (5 years ago!)....calling her by her first name is way too formal and inpersonal, yet saying "hey Mom" in an office setting seems too unprofessional. Madre is not only fun to say, but is a perfect balance. My father is still Daddy. =)

MBD said...

I call my mom Mother Hubbard. Is that weird?

champagne said...

I'm from Finland so I call my parents Äiti=mom and Isä=dad.

My kids are bilingual so my Dutch husband is for them Papi and I am Mami;)

kate-girl said...

i have the silliest names for my parents: i usually call my dad "dadel", like dreidel, only a dad. and my mom has had many names...for a while i called her barbara mae, but now i call her "cookie mama", and "cookie" or "cook" for short!

The Egg said...

we just had this conversation in my family. we all call my mom something different!
brother, 28, "mother"
me, 26, "momma"
brother, 24, "mommy"

she always signs her emails, love mother, momma, mommy! so cute!

the egg out west.

Mary Sue said...

I call my dad, Dad, and my mom, Mama or Mom. Sometimes I refer to her as "my mother" or to my sisters as "our mother", but only because she hates the formality of it and, of course, I had to tease her about it and it kind of stuck. Oops!

Bekah said...

Another "Mommy and Daddy" vote here (and I'm 31.) I definitely went through a phase in my teens where I tried to change it to "Mom and Dad", but since I had younger siblings, it was weird that I was forcing it - and then I realized that there was no real reason to be embarrassed by Mommy and Daddy and that changing it was not a real indication of growing up. So I gave it up, seeing it as a chance to be more mature in keeping everyone else comfortable instead of trying to be cool!

carina said...

I'm Danish and our language doesn't have the mum-mummy and dad-daddy distinction - it's simply 'mor' and 'far'.:-)

Anonymous said...

Momma-Sita! and she loves it.

And my dad signs his emails off as LYD (love your daddy). CUTE.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

well, being Italian, I call them "mamma" and "babbo" (or "papy")

I don't see why there would be an age limit to calling your mom "mommy", it's a very affectionate term and I am sure your mom doesn't mind. I think some people see it as child-like, or whiny-toddler-like (which I think is so sad), but I just see it as affectionate.

charlotte said...

Mummy and Daddy when I"m talking to them - because I'm English :) But usually Mum and Dad in conversation with other people.

RZY said...

It was ma and daddy from the get-go and I still call them that to this very day (29 years later).

Although more often than not I affectionately call my mom "marmee" like the girls did in little women, which I loved when I was growing up.

Anonymous said...

Mamma & Pappa or Fatter'n, the Norwegian equaliant of Pops :-)

Anonymous said...

Mam and Dad, but mostly Ma and Da. We have our own way of saying "Your momma..." in Ireland: "Your ma!" <-not that anyone would ever say that to their Mam! :)

Tara said...

I call my mom Mama, my dad Daddy. When I loved in NJ I noticed that most people called their moms mommy.

Natanya said...

mum and daddy :)

Victoria said...

Mum and Daddy. Daddy is stil the way I refer to him as he died when I was so young.

ziazia said...

i call them mamá and papá (spanish)and sometimes madre and padre just 'cause i love how it sounds hehe. i've never been a diminutive kind of girl even though i still hug them and kiss them as i did when i was a kid.

MeganKP said...

I call mine mom and dad, but one of my friends calls her dad Pup, i think calling your parents mommy and daddy is a little childish, it just sounds weird to me, but they're your parents and you can call them whatever you want to.

Megan

MappingKat said...

Mama and Daddy most for most of my life. Most recently, my mom became Momo due to a hilarious typo on her part and it stuck.

Kristen said...

Haha, I love that you wrote this post! I am 27 and still call my mom and dad "mommy" and "daddy." I used to be embarrassed by this, but I have embraced it and don't think I'll ever stop. To me, "mommy" and "daddy" are their names. It would be weird to call them anything else! Plus, why mess with a good thing?

courtney said...

It sounds a little weird to me to hear an adult say "mommy" or "daddy," but I guess whatever works for you! I call my parents Mom and Dad. And my 12 year old son calls me Mom. My other son is a baby and can't talk yet so we'll see what he comes up with. So far it's something resembling u-ma. :)

Soup Maniac said...

NEVER too old to call your parents "Mommy" or "Daddy"! A friend tried to embarrass me out of it when I was 14 - I scoffed at him, and even address my e-mails to "Mommy" and "Daddy".

Nancy said...

Depends on the mood! I switch back and forth between mommy/daddy and mom/dad. When talking with my siblings, we usually use mommy/daddy, though the lone male of us uses mom/dad. Is that a guy thing? I don't know...my father still says mommy!

Angharad said...

I call my parents mum and dad - always have! My husband calls his mother "mama" though and I find it thoroughly lovely :)

mme said...

I call my parents "mom" and "dad". I love the term "mama" and tried to have my daughter call me that. I always referred to myself as "mama", but she (and now my son) both call me "mommy". you can't win them all.

kelly : pinetothepacific said...

this is SO enlightening...i have honestly thought it was bizarre for adults to say "mommy" and "daddy", and this is ESPECIALLY true for 20-something girls who still whine to "daddy" about getting what they want. it reminds me of paris hilton, i think. ;)

my parents are just a simple mom or dad...maybe "hey mama" if it's a quick phone call.

Molliee said...

I call them plain old mom and dad!

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Kelly R said...

I am the Queen of ridiculous nicknames (I get it from my mother, trust me - which I guess makes me the Princess then). I don't know what it is - it will start with one thing and then years later will morph into something else. This is going to sound really weird to most people, but at present, mom has become "Marmley Moomlely" or "Marmelita Dita" and dad has become "Daddy Doo" or "Papa Doodle".

Ok, I'm now laughing hysterically right now at how absurd this sounds...

Hannah said...

I almost always call my mom "Momma" and occasionally call my dad "daddy." It's REALLY natural to call my mom "momma"--I don't think I'll ever stop! :)

Hollis said...

I have always called my parents "Mama and Daddy". That's who they are to me. Why would I change now? My husband can't stand it that I don't say "Mom and Dad" like "normal" people. It's also weird ... I say "Mommy" when referring to her with my dad or siblings, I say "Mama" when I'm talking to her and "Mom" when I'm referring to her with friends or co-workers. I've never understood that!?

Christina said...

My mom will always be my "Mama" and my dad is always "Pops". And I don't mind that they still (even though I am 24)call me "Baby Girl".
:)

avocadoslut said...

It ranges, sometimes I call her mamou or mam (long island style) or just mama :)

melissa said...

mawma and pops

Kate! said...

Ha! This is great! I call my parents "Mom" and "Poppi." My family's not of Spanish heritage, but I started taking and loving Spanish when I was a kid, and all I wanted to do was speak that language! "Papa" (with the emphasis on the second "a") is Spanish for "dad", and it just kind of all evolved over the course of a few years to be "poppi." It's special to us even ten years later when we live so very far apart :)

Smith And Ratliff said...

It's funny, but I've called my parents by their first names since I was about 13. I'm an only child, and it was always the only way I could get their attention in a crowd!

Brenna said...

I had always called my parents mom and dad until just recently. Now I'm pushing 30 and I find myself calling them Ma and Pop, sometimes it surprises me when I hear myself saying it.

Alexa said...

I really love that my dad and I have a bunch of silly nicknames for each other and we generally use those, although I did go through quite a long phase (we're talking years...) in childhood were I insisted on calling my parents by their first names :)

matt & bethanne said...

I'm 27 and my parents will always be Mama and Daddy. Their contacts are entered that way in my phone too! Sometimes, I playfully call my mom - Mother Dear. :)

Margaret said...

i use good ol' mom and dad...i remember the first time i switched from mommy to mom. i could see my mom was really sad but she knew i was trying to make a - im growing up - statement. which i was. my mom calls her parents mama and daddy...which i love because it seems so southern and old fashion.

The Franglaise said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who calls my parents mummy and daddy at 30 years old! I couldn't change the way I call them but it's true that my mates also make fun of me when they hear be say "hi mummy" !

Ashley said...

Just mom and dad! =)

I don't think you are ever too old to call your parents mom and dad.. or even mommy or daddy. I think it would be so strange to call them by their first names.

amy said...

mum or mama. ma if I'm joking. variations on penelope if I'm being silly (ie. penopoly, like monopoly... I don't know why!)

and dad or sometimes daddy.

my boyfriend calls his mum (and his dog) Bruce though, and she calls him Bruce right back! weird.

Jamie said...

I call my parents boring old Mom and Dad, but my husband calls his mom "Ump" (pronounced oomp) and dad "Hum". His sister started it when they were little and being the little bro, he followed suit. I have a feeling our kids will call them that too (when we have kids) but I've always just called them by their first names.

analisems said...

My mom and I are really close, so I call her mom or momma or mummers or whatever the situation calls for. I don't think any age is too late to call someone by their beloved nickname or title, which is what these words are...

PS-Is that second photo your dad? I'm not usually struck by family resemblances, but I think Toby looks JUST like him!

Melissa said...

Mommy became Mom once I became a "Mama". My Daddy is still Daddy and that's probably because I'm his only daughter :)

sarah said...

I use mom and dad. But my six-year0old has taken to calling me stuff like "momzers" and "momsaruzus" all the time. I'll pretty much answer to anything these days...

Cait said...

I call my parents by their first names. Those are their names! That is what everyone calls them.

Mom/Dad is their relationship to me, and it's not like I'm going to forget who they are.

Amy said...

I'm 37 and I've always called my mom "Mother". Occasionally if I was being silly I'd call her "Moomers". I have always called my dad "Daddy" and I still do. I can't imagine calling him anything else.

Anonymous said...

So glad you posted this, I'm 50 and call my mother 'Mommy' and my father before he passed in 1991 was 'Daddy' I just can't stop calling or refering to them by those titles....

Megan C. Stroup said...

I'm 21 and I call my parents Mom and Dad, just like I always have. What I think is more interesting is what I call my grandparents. My dad's parents are "Grandmother" and "Granddaddy" because he still calls them "Mother" and "Daddy." (Must be a Southern thing.) But my mom's mom is Grandmom because she still goes by Mom. This causes a problem, however, as my mom does not want to be called "Grandmom" as well.

Ruby said...

I stuck with mama and papa for a while. Then went to mama and daddy. I don't think you're ever too old to call a mother mommy. Go with what you love.

Alyson Redding said...

I don't think you're ever too old to call your mom "Mommy". Besides, aren't all moms guilty of saying, "You'll always be my baby"? If we can forever be babies, they most certainly can forever be Mommy!

My sister and I call our mom "Marmy" , sometimes "Mamma", other times "Kitty Girl". All of the girls on her side of the family are "Kitty", and our grandma (our mom's mom) is "Mamma Kitty." Although, our mom is known to space out and block out any references to "mom", probably because she raised four children and at some point or another started to go crazy hearing "MOOOMM!" chanted at her all day. So sometimes the only way to get her attention is to call her by her name.

Our dad is just sweet old Dad, Daddy, Daddio, etc.

Bronwyn said...

Mommy or Mum, and Daddy. It's kind of lovely, actually...

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Ashley Hayne said...

I call my mom "Momma" often or Mom and I call my Dad "Dad" and I always will. :) They'll never stop being my Mom and Daddy. I suppose when I become a Mom I might call my Mom whatever my kids call them but we'll see.

Brandilyn said...

my mom is 56 and she calls her 85-year old dad "daddy." i think it's sweet when she answers the phone, "hi, daddy!"

Anonymous said...

Mama and Baba

CC said...

Mumsey and Dadly, to tell you the truth, but if I'm in front of people it's Mom and Dad. My mom likes it so much she wants to be Mumsey when she has grandkids!

goodnightstars said...

plain old mom and dad! :)

Jessi @ Life: The Epic Journey said...

I call my Mom "Mum" or "George" (long story) depending on the day.

Dad has always been Dad.

My husband calls his parents "Momma and Daddy."

I don't think there is a particular protocol. :)

beth said...

we are 100% mom and dad all the way around, no matter how you spin it on both sides of the family....

and no nicknames for grandparents....just good old grandma and grandpa :)

Bethany said...

Depends on the situation. If I'm addressing them directly and we're either surrounded by family or alone, I call them mommy and daddy. If I'm referring to them in conversation, I call them my mom and my dad. I almost never call my mom my mother, because it feels formal (almost harsh), but I sometimes refer to my dad as my father because for some reason that feels respectful.
My mom and I greet each other with a meow - have since I was little, not sure where it came from? - but people find it funny/weird. I don't care. The relationship with our parents is deeply intimate and personal. They've known you from Day 1. So who cares what other people think?

Shea said...

mom and dad :) though when i'm feeling french... which happens often... they're maman et papa

gia said...

Mama and Papa. Can you believe that? And it isn't just me, my two older brothers; 33 and 35 do too! We all have tried to stop at one point or another from embarrassment, but it just felt wrong to stop. :)

Sara Szatmary said...

Mom and Dad most often but my family is huge on nicknames so those creep in half the time.

Here's what I want to know Joanna, once Toby starts talking, will you start calling your parents grandma/grandpa variations so he starts calling them that too?

Em said...

Majah and Fajah. ^_^

petrichor11 said...

I call them Mummy and Daddy. Mom and Dad just feels so detached. and I've been calling them mummy and daddy for my whole life, why should i stop?

scubanerd said...

Mama and dad mostly. My mom hates being called "ma" so of course my brother and I do it all the time for laughs.

Jamie B said...

Mums or Mom and Dad or Pops. I switch back and forth. :) I've never called my parents by their first names, unless I couldn't get their attention.

Jamie B.

Deanna Pai said...

Always Mommy, sometimes Daddy. Just so affectionate. :)

Lauren E. Douglas said...

I call my dad 'Dad' and I call my mom 'Mom', 'Mama' or 'Mommy'. :)

Evie said...

I call my mom "woman," in a very playful way...and sometimes I call her "wommy" a combo of woman and mommy! But when I need to get her attention I go with the classic "mom."

andrea said...

I call my dad Papa and Pops, but my favorite iteration is POPPY! I just love he calls and I pick-up to say, "Hi Poppy! How's is going?" to which he always replied, "Well Hi, Sweetie!"

My mom, well she just gets Mom or Mama.

Aditha said...

"Maman" or "ma petite mum". I'm a big 31 big baby ! :-)

Jenny in Ohio said...

I say mom and dad. Seems like I always have.

I work in social services and our case workers and therapists, when describing a kid they work with always just say "mom". It caught it too. Like, instead of, when talking about a kid they don't say "john's mom", they just say "mom." Hopefully I make sense! haha.

Annie said...

I call my Dad "Big Guy". And as for my mom, I have one thousand names for her: M, Mama, Lady Jane, Maria, and Fern (the last two were acquired on recent Spain/camping trips)... her real name is Carol haha

Kiana Lee said...

i'm 19 and i have 2 older sister who are 23 and 22 (and a 16 year old brother) and we all call our mom "mommy" and our dad "daddy"! it would be weird not to now!

Emily said...

Mom & Dad. I think I stopped saying "Mommy" and "Daddy" when I was about 5...

Sarah said...

My mom is usually "mama" or "mom", but I always call my dad "daddy" or "daddio". My little sister calls him papa (or as she puts it "popsicle when he's cold)

chicandbonita said...

Im 25 I still can't help calling my parents mommy and daddy.
Once while out with my dad I called him daddy and got the weirdest look from this guy which made me embarrassed because I'm positive he thought my dad was my sugar daddy instead of my father.

HW said...

I call my parents Moma and Dada. I think it's a German thing. My grandma's originally from Germany (I'm English) and that's what she referred to my parents as after as I was born and it stuck.

Anonymous said...

First names all the way, all my life. The only way to go.

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Mostly Mom and Pop. But when I want to show extra affection... Mommy and Poppy :) xo

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

And I'm 32 too!

Anyone said...

Momma & Daddy, but it sounds more like Deddy. Haha. My mom will always be Momma to me, Mom doesn't feel natural.

MEL said...

It's usually Momma and Daddy. I don't think you can ever be too old to call your parents cute little names--afterall, no matter how old you are, you'll always be their baby to them. :)

Katelyn said...

Mama and Papa.
Yes, I'm 21.
No, it doesn't bother me one bit. I love it.

Tim said...

Mom & Dad most of the time. Maw and Pop when I am feeling particularly good.

kate said...

I'm 37 and I call my Dad "Pops" and my Mom is "Mom" most of the time. But, when I'm feeling especially lovey or needy I still call her "Mommy".

Lauren said...

Mum and Dad usually, but my sister and I both sometimes use Mummy and Daddy, usually when we want a favour! We're 27 and 30 (and British).

Sometime mama - pronounced like a character from an Austen novel - comes from an obsession with the BBC Pride and Prejudice we both had growing up... Also dada to rhyme, even though I'm not sure that's a real thing.

laco said...

I have four parents, so it goes like this: Mama, B, Pop and D.

brittney elizabeth said...

i called my mom "mommy" until i was in 2nd or 3rd grade i think. i clearly remember the moment i decided to try out "mom" and the shock that registered on my mom's face. i think i just thought "mommy" sounded too baby-ish at some point and made up my mind. strange how little minds work.

Chelsea said...

Doug and Lucy! Or Duggles and Mama Lucy.

There's something that feels wrong to me about "Daddy"...for obvious reasons. Mummy is still okay though :)

Miss R said...

Mum and Dad.
Mumsy and Daddy-o.

kate said...

mum, momma or mom. love her.

dad.

DENISE. said...

Hysterical! Unfortunately, I do think it sounds funny when adults say "mommy." But I think it's probably sexist and an awful cultural moment for me because in some situations I think it's sweet when adult girls say "daddy." My husband is German and the way they say mom in German sounds like mommy so I always get a little giggle!

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