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What do your children's spouses call you?

Discussion in 'Parenting' started by PloverWing, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. PloverWing

    PloverWing Episcopalian

    United States
    The oldest of my now-adult children is about to get married, and for the first time I'm facing the ancient and perplexing question: what should my children's spouses call me? (I had this same bafflement on the other end when I was a new daughter-in-law, years ago.) "Mom" isn't quite right, because I'm not their mother. My students call me Dr. [lastname], but that sounds too formal for a relative. There's my first name, I suppose. I'm not actually super fond of my first name :), but it's what other adults call me. When there are grandchildren, I suppose "Grandma" is an option, but there are no grandchildren yet.

    So I thought I'd ask CF: What do your children-in-law call you? How did you decide on a name/title/whatever that was satisfactory to you both?

    Or, on the other side of it: How do you address your mother-in-law, and how did you decide on that name/title?
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  2. Albion

    Albion Facilitator

    In my case, no decision was ever discussed. My first name is used routinely and I take it for granted. Anything else would probably sound affected now.
  3. splish- splash

    splish- splash Stepping out of my comfort zone. Supporter

    United Kingdom
    Depends on people and their cultural backgrounds.
  4. Occams Barber

    Occams Barber Newbie Supporter

    I called my mother-in-law and father-in-law by their first name.

    My daughter-in-law calls both me and my ex by first name.

    My grandkids call me Grandpa (First name)

    I also called both my mother and father by their first name as did my sister and brother. My ex also called her parents by first name.

    So... first names. :)

  5. 98cwitr

    98cwitr Lord forgive me Staff Member Red Team - Moderator Supporter

    United States

    Then my son started calling me "Honey"...had to fix that quick :D