On Naming: What Do You Call Grandma?

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Editor's Note: What are the grandmas in your life called? We have a Nina (which started out Nana, but changed with kid pronunciation), a Granna, a Big Mamaw, a Mamaw, a Great-Grandma, a Grandma, and a YiaYia. The latter, the Greek name for Grandma, was an accidental naming as my son refused to call my mom Grandma; he yelled, "YIAYIA!" at her. And so she was named. Patricia Patton recently became a grandma (CONGRATS!) and discusses the ins and outs of grandma naming. -Jenna

Names for Grandmothers: Grand Parenting 101:

My friends ask me what will I be called? In the new-fangled family of which I am a part. I will simply be Grand Mommy. He has a Nana and a Grand Mommy B. I will be more than content with an open and joyful relationship over time.

While I say it does not matter “what” he calls me, I don’t think I would fancy being called Patricia. There was a kind of hierarchy in my family of grandmothers wherein my Mother was called Mom by all the grandchildren. The great-grandmother was called Big Mama and the children called their respective mothers Moms, Mama or Mommy. Somehow when were all together, we knew who was being spoken to.

Grandmas looking at the baby
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