Happy Day after Mother’s Day! Thinking about mother’s and things has raised some general questions for me that I want to share with the group.
My Dad mentioned recently that he always felt odd calling my Mom “Mom” and switched to always using her first name as soon as my sister and I had grasped the whole name idea. And hadn’t thought about it, but he’s right. My Mom says “Good morning sweetie, would you like Dad to make you some breakfast?” and my Dad says “Hey kiddo, [first name] is in the basement doing laundry.”
For those of you who are parents, what is your policy? Once your babies grasped the proper names, did you switch back to first names at all times? Or did you use the special titles when talking to the kids still?
Another question! When you are watching TV as a family, does your mother say “can you turn it down/up a little bit?” Even though the REMOTE IS RIGHT THERE, and she could just PICK IT UP AND DO IT HERSELF, she still just sort of generally asks someone else to do it. Is that a Mom thing is it a My Mom thing?
This is more of an identity question. When you see a small child being bored while their Mom talks to a friend at the grocery store, do you think “it’s true! My Mom took FOREVER talking to her friends and I wanted to GO and DO THINGS!” or do you think “suck it up small child! Let your poor mother have a few minutes to focus on something besides you!” ?
Personally, I am still all in on the small child side of things. Every time we were at church or the store or anywhere, she would meet someone she knew and take FOREVER to talk to them and I would be bored bored bored and no matter how much I tugged on her skirt, she would never leave. And conversely, we always left the playground about 30 seconds after we got there and I never had enough time to talk to MY friends and it wasn’t fair at all.