tea berry-blue (teaberryblue) wrote,
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Mommy and Daddy

I was thinking today about how, when I was a kid, I called my mother "Mommy" and my father "Daddy."

There was a brief period where I called my mother "Mommy Sharon," and I'm still not sure why I did that. It didn't last very long, maybe six months to a year when I was about five?

I could never bring myself to call my parents "Mom" and "Dad" even when all the other kids graduated to the more 'grown up' terms of affection. Mine were still Mommy and Daddy.

But at some point during adulthood, and to be honest I can't recall when it was, but I stopped calling my parents "Mommy" and "Daddy" and started calling them "Mama" and "Dada" instead. I have no explanation for it. I just did.

So I thought I would see what the rest of you call your parents. I know that doing polls like this doesn't take into account the sheer variety of families in today's world-- I know some of you have multiple mothers or fathers, or step-parents with whom you are closer than bio-parents, or were raised by aunts and uncles. If either of your parents passed away or lost contact for some reason but did so recently enough that you remember your relationship with them, just fill this out with what you best remember. I did add an extra field to put in other things-- like, if you have two moms, what do you call each of them, or what do you call your uncle who raised you, or what you call your stepdad vs. your bio-dad. Whichever. If it doesn't fit, please comment!

My relationship with my mother is/was

Excellent
34(38.6%)
Good
36(40.9%)
Mediocre
13(14.8%)
Poor
4(4.5%)
I have never had a mother/ my mother has been deceased/absent for a long time and I don't recall
0(0.0%)
This question doesn't suit the family I was raised in (I had multiple mothers, was raised by other relatives, etc)
1(1.1%)

I primarily call my mother

Mom/Mum, or similar
70(79.5%)
Mommy/Mami, or similar
5(5.7%)
Mama/Momma, or similar
6(6.8%)
Mother
1(1.1%)
By her first name
2(2.3%)
Other
4(4.5%)

My relationship with my father is/was

Excellent
24(27.3%)
Good
32(36.4%)
Mediocre
20(22.7%)
Poor
8(9.1%)
I have never had a father/ my father has been deceased/absent for a long time and I don't recall
3(3.4%)
This question doesn't suit the family I was raised in (I had multiple fathers, was raised by other relatives, etc)
1(1.1%)

I call my father:

Dad
61(70.9%)
Pop
1(1.2%)
Papa/Papi, or similar
3(3.5%)
Dada/Dadda, or similar
1(1.2%)
Daddy
18(20.9%)
Father
0(0.0%)
By his first name
0(0.0%)
Other
2(2.3%)

If you have a family structure that isn't represented by these questions, or you call your parents something different, post it here!

Tags: curiosity, poll
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