Can I Start Calling You Mama?

Can I start calling you mama?My boy…my sweet endearing boy…

Ever since my boy could talk he has called me Mommy. I guess maybe when he first-first started making sounds, he probably said ma-ma-ma-ma. I don’t remember (bad mom, I know) and his very first word was da-da-da-da so I’ve fallen quite in love with being just Mommy.

Now, if you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen me complain a time or two about the number of times I hear “Moooooommy” in a day, but truth be told, I just wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, yesterday morning when he said this, my heart just sank just a little. We were driving to school (yes, my sweet boy is in Kindergarten now, yikes!) and he said it:


“Can I start calling you Mama?”



I wanted to say no, but I also want him to keep feeling like a big boy and grow up not to be a “momma’s boy” so I just giggled nervously and said “sure!”.

Then, he said, “Ok, Mommy, is that what I called you when I was a baby?” and then a few minutes later, “Mommy, watch this” and “Mommy, I’m excited to go to Kindergarten today” and “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy“.

My big boy, baby boy, loving boy, was back to normal.


What do your kids call you – Mommy, Mama, Mother…?


  1. Amber says:

    Aw! My kids still call me mommy. I’m mom or mean if they are angry with me.

    • janet says:

      Haha! I’m “meanie” at times as well. 😉

  2. Patricia Cook says:

    I was Mommy too, to all my five kids when they were little. I think it just comes to a point for them that they feel Mommy is just to babyish to say, especially in front of their friends. It’s really just a natural part of them getting older, but it’s still a tiny bit heartbreaking for us Mamas.

    • janet says:

      But…I’m not ready! Now that I’ve made a big deal about it, he only says Mama to tease me so I still hear Mommy the other 9999 times a day.

  3. Kasee Johnson says:

    I’ve been Mom the entire time. My oldest was babysat by my parents, and they referred to me as Mom. It stuck. By the time my daughter came around, she just followed suit. Same with my two younger boys. The only time I hear “Mommy” is when they want something.

    • janet says:

      That’s funny! I know he’s going to grow out of “mommy” eventually, but we started Kindergarten this year and I can only handle one big change at a time!

  4. My boys, all four of them, started out with calling me momma. Later, they all progressed to Mom, after asking. Only the youngest calls me momma now. I’m glad none of them ever called me mommy or were inclined to. I know other mothers like mommy, but, to me, it just sounds irritating, whiny and demanding. I guess it’s just that, even when I was a child, and heard/saw other kids talking to their mothers, they were always whining or demanding something from them and a loud, screechy “Mooooommmmyyyy!!!” Always when with the whines and demands. Of course, my boys can be whiny and demanding, too, but “Moooommmmaaa!!!” just doesn’t grate on me the way the othe does. Just personal preference, I guess. When they graduated to just mom, I was a little sad, but it’s all part of growing up, for the kids and the mother…

    • janet says:

      I rarely get the screechy “Mommy” but I do get repeated “Mommy” at least three times in a row with each question.

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