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#1 Doodalicious

Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:12 PM

Mr 20 months has suddenly started calling me "Daddy"! It's driving me nuts, I walk into day care in the afternoon and he smiles and yells out "Daddy!" and runs over to me. Has anyone else had this? I know it's no big deal but I really hate it...  sad.gif

#2 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

My 2yo does it, but corrects herself immediately now. We just used to laugh and say "I'm not Daddy, I'm Mummy!". I always correct the words my kids use incorrectly, otherwise how will they learn?

#3 TotesFeral

Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

It is the opposite here for us. DD keeps calling her dad "mum". We keep correcting her but that is all we can really do for now.

#4 Doodalicious

Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:34 PM

QUOTE (K+M+A+? @ 26/04/2012, 01:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It is the opposite here for us. DD keeps calling her dad "mum". We keep correcting her but that is all we can really do for now.




How old is she K+M+A? And do you normally spend more time with her than her dad does? I have heard of little ones calling everybody "mum" if they have a SAHM, but DH and I spend about equal time with DS. He doesn't call his dad "mummy" either.

I do correct him of course, but I'm hoping it will stop soon.

#5 paddyboo

Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

we have been having this problem with our DS, also 20 months. He was calling everyone mummy and this was upsetting daddy, so we kept emphasising I am mummy, I am daddy, etc. and really going over the top with "daddy". It went the other way for a day or so where everyone was daddy but he seems to have figured it out now. I think the problem was that I always referred to myself in the 3rd person (come to mummy), whereas DH didn't so he was hearing mummy so much more than daddy.

Hope this helps
sares
x

#6 CFMummy

Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:37 PM

our DD2 insists on calling daddy, mum and refuses to say other wise.

#7 LovenFire

Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

Lol, it still happens.  My little one sometimes gets over-excited and calls me daddy, and his father mummy, or he'll call us both grandma...or gabbie...our cat's name.  

There isn't much to do, except gently and continually correct him and carry on...I used to get upset, howeve I did find that it was no reflection on who he preferred, or who spent time with him or anything, it was simply the flavor of the day...though truly, being referred to as the cat!!!!!

#8 TotesFeral

Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:47 AM

QUOTE (Splatterpuss81 @ 26/04/2012, 01:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How old is she K+M+A? And do you normally spend more time with her than her dad does? I have heard of little ones calling everybody "mum" if they have a SAHM, but DH and I spend about equal time with DS. He doesn't call his dad "mummy" either.

I do correct him of course, but I'm hoping it will stop soon.


She is 20 months.
Yeah I do spend a bit more time with her so I can understand that.
It's got to the point though where if we try to correct her she shouts "NO!"  laughing2.gif

To make it even worse she has started saying "Pa" which is what she calls my dad.

#9 Marmaladie

Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:54 AM

The same thing happened to me when I picked my 15mth old up from daycare the other day lol. He rarely says Mum or mummy and when I try to coax him to say it he just says Dadda back to me and laughs... it has become some kind of joke with him. Today he said the dog's name but yet he only occasionally says Mummy sad.gif

#10 Funky Cold Ribena

Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:08 AM

Yes, I'm daddy as well according to DD 19mo, occasionally I'm nanny too. DP is known as 'my daddy'. I only ever seem to be mummy if she's upset.

#11 Feralishous

Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:13 AM

DD has done this, but mainly its just a mix up.
she is currently calling us by our first names, which is kinda of cute. (shes nearly 2)

#12 Doodalicious

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:35 AM

QUOTE (Marmaladie @ 27/04/2012, 12:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The same thing happened to me when I picked my 15mth old up from daycare the other day lol. He rarely says Mum or mummy and when I try to coax him to say it he just says Dadda back to me and laughs... it has become some kind of joke with him. Today he said the dog's name but yet he only occasionally says Mummy sad.gif



I'm pretty sure now that he's trying to tease me. He did it again when I picked him up yesterday and I said "I'm not Daddy! Who am I?" and he gave me a massive grin and said "Nanna!". Hil-ar-i-ous my little man!

#13 Leha

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

Yes my 20 mth old DS does this. We just correct him like the PP said. It's a bit annoying as my Older DD has picked up on it and now deliberately calls me daddy just to be funny.

#14 Doodalicious

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (Leha @ 27/04/2012, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes my 20 mth old DS does this. We just correct him like the PP said. It's a bit annoying as my Older DD has picked up on it and now deliberately calls me daddy just to be funny.


..and I'm glad to see I'm not the only mum who doesn't like it! My husband thinks it's super funny - I bet he wouldn't like it if he was getting called "mummy" all the time!

#15 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:53 AM

DS used to do this too.

He also has a tendency to call all random women 'mummy' and men 'daddy'.  I think he's freaked a few men out when we've been out and about  wink.gif

Edited by Angelina Ballerina, 27 April 2012 - 09:54 AM.


#16 mombasa

Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:59 AM

My first used to do this, I always just thought it was because she was overwhelmed with all the people she needed to remember, Mum, Dad, Nan, Pop, Aunty, Uncle etc wasn't all the time though and only lasted a few months. DD2 who is 3 will call DH Dad, but always refers to him as a 'good girl' for some reason she can't make the connection to him being a boy! I find it funny, DH not as much

#17 Lokum

Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:23 AM


In most cases, it's how they learn what a word means.

DS learned dog, so he'd see a dog and say 'dog.' Then he started calling all 4-legged furry animals 'dog' - cats, cows, horses, sheep - everything was 'dog.'

We'd correct him, and say what the animal really was, and also get really excited and agree when it WAS a dog.

See, they don't know how far the meaning of a word stretches. Is ALL crockery a bowl? Are all round rubber things balls, or only the green one in my house?

You called that thing banana, but you called all the other stuff 'food.' Is banana food? Is food banana? So they have to try out how far the word goes.

My DH is called Baba. For a while, all the people DS loved were called Baba - eventually he figured out that I'm Mama and DH is Baba. But then all men were Baba, and all women were Mama.

He now, excitingly, knows that there's only one 'Baba,' but all the others are 'men,' and so he shouts 'man, man,'  sometimes right in the face of the checkout boy.

He still doesn't know woman, so most women are 'Mama.' All kids up to 15 are 'baby,' and then they become 'man' or 'Mama.'

I find it fascinating to see the world through his eyes as he tries to figure this stuff out, and tries out his words in different contexts to see if they'll work.


#18 Rach42

Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:10 AM

LOL I have to reply because I still get this from my DS and he's 6!  It's because he spends a week with his dad and then when he comes back to me he is just in the habit of saying "daddy" all the time.  We just laugh and he corrects himself.




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