Being Mummy

I love being Mummy. That’s how I see myself. Mummy, not Mum.

I love those families where the kids call their parents Mummy and Daddy all through their teens. Yes, they’re mainly posh kids, but not all of them. I wish our family was one of them.

My eldest stopped calling me Mummy about when he left primary school, although it took him a year or so to remember that it was no longer the done thing to say ‘Mummy’. Needless to say, my younger son caught the Mum bug not long afterwards, so I was already Mum to him by the time he left primary school.

I love Daddy being Daddy too. The boys might call him Dad, but when I talk to him or about him, he’s always Daddy. I will just spare their blushes in front of their friends and call him Dad then, but the rest of the time he is most definitely Daddy!

But I’m pleased to say that one person most definitely still calls us Mummy and Daddy – my daughter. Although the weird thing is, I’m so used to being called Mum now that, even though I love Mummy, it takes me a bit by surprise when I hear it. But it melts my heart every single time.

I’m aware that my daughter is growing up fast. She doesn’t have that tween girl attitude I hear a lot of people talk about it. She is still a delightful girl. But she’s definitely growing up. She’s always held my hand everywhere and I have treasured every second of it. I love the feeling of her hand in mine and the fact that she does it because she wants to, with no embarrassment at all. But in the last few months, she’s stopped holding my hand and it has broken my heart a little bit. I miss that little hand in mine and I know I will never get it back.

She will be leaving primary school in a few months.She will be mixing with people who say Mum, not Mummy and maybe she will stop saying it too. She’s already stopped holding my hand, so I am going to treasure every last time she calls me Mummy because I don’t know how much longer it will last.

Hands, Daughter, Mummy

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Not sure when my kids will stop calling me Mummy – but it’s always going to seem odd that when they talk about me they refer to me as “my mom”. 😉

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    • Bless them, they’re practically bilingual! I know kids of my daughter’s age will always say ‘my/ your mum’ in conversation, but most still address their mums as ‘Mummy’ 🙂

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  2. I’ve often wondered how long I will be “daddy”. I like being daddy but I know it won’t last forever. My hand is still held by my eldest, but, again, it isn’t going to last forever. I think it’ll be a tough day when that’s no loner acceptable.

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    • It will be a tough day! Although it’s probably harder when they youngest stops doing it. When the eldest stops, at least you have the consolation of knowing the youngest still does it.

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  3. Aww it goes so quickly, doesn’t it? I think having older children makes you realise how much you need to cherish these little things with your younger ones. That said, I insisted on the Mummy thing. I’m not Mum I’m Mummy and refused to answer to anything but! Even my 18 year old son still calls us Mummy and Daddy (to our faces at least! Ha!)

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    • I like your style! Why didn’t I do that?!
      I”m grateful my daughter held my hand as long as she did – my younger son stopped in year 1 because he didn’t like affection! Luckily he lets me give him lots of hugs now 🙂

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  4. Z started calling me “Muuuuum” about a year ago. I’m not even sure why, he’s our first child and doesn’t hear anyone else do it. He does say Mummy and Daddy though if he’s talking about us to someone. I used to call mine Mummy and Papa. They are Mum and Dad now 🙂

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    • That’s very strange! Maybe he heard it on TV? Needless to say, my daughter says Mum and Dad if she’s talking about it (although I love that the ballet teacher still says Mummy). Mine are Mum and Dad too (or more usually Grandma and Grandpa!). I still remember a boy at school teasing me for saying Daddy when I was only in about year 4. I started calling him Dad after that 🙁

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  5. Oh this is a lovely post. It’s sad how quickly they grow up isn’t it? Although I’ve never been called mummy or wanted to be, I’ve always been happier with mum. I do hope my two still want to hold my hand when they’re older though, although it seems unlikely, my four year old is already fiercely independent!
    Nat.x

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    • Thank you! It’s very sad! Although I’ve been lucky with my daughter in that she has been slower to grow up than her brothers in many ways.
      You don’t often meet people with small children who aren’t called ‘Mummy’! x

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  6. Aww what a lovely post. I do like being called mummy, but I think as they get older it is inevitable on being mum. My little one calls me mama. The boys are a mix between mummy and mum. It is sweet though xx

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    • Mama is sweet! I guess I should be grateful that my daughter still calls me Mummy if your boys are already calling you Mum sometimes! x

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  7. Being Mummy is very special and I haven’t been called that for ages! Your post made me think about when our youngest stopped calling me mummy and I can’t remember. I think she copied her sisters from quite a young age so it was ages ago I think. It is a great shame. x

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    • That’s sad! I feel very pleased my daughter is still saying it in that case! I guess I’ve only got a few months left now 🙁 x

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  8. This is such a lovely sweet post. Made me feel a bit teary! I love being Mummy and holding my children’s hands too. xx

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    • Thanks! It’s the best feeling in the world and you’ve got MANY more years to come of it! x

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  9. Aw nodding along to this Sarah. I took Katie shopping yesterday, and despite me reaching out to hold her hand a few times, she didn’t hold my hand back. Made me realise that she is growing up just like your daughter, and I too wonder how much longer I have of being called Mummy x

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    • Glad it’s not just me! It feels sad when they don’t hold your hand back 🙁 My daughter holds my hand at night when she doesn’t want to be left alone in bed and she sometimes links her arm through mine when we’re out, which I supposes is a more grown up version of holding my hand! x

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