Parenthood, Actually: Mama or Ima?

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Wanting to raise a child in a bilingual home, Sarah of The Crazy Baby Mama didn't realize that might mean that her daughter wouldn't ever call her mama. She talks about how it makes her feel in the middle of the night when she's woken up for Cheerios and a name that isn't mama.

Speak English, Child:

CheeriosAnd I feel an icy trickle of resentment as I rub my eyes.

It isn’t because I’ve been shaken awake at an unholy hour. For Cheerios.

It isn’t because my husband snores serenely beside me in our bed while our daughter whines from her bedroom.

It’s the word: Ima. And the fact that my daughter’s default language is Hebrew.

Read the rest of her thoughts about their bilingual child.

Photo Credit: karen2574.

Read more from Parenthood, Actually: Mama or Ima? at The Crazy Baby Mama

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