I’ve been trying to teach my three year old child about proper names. I want her to be aware of who she would have to ask for, if she were ever to get lost in a store –- or if she had to phone me at work.
I have a bit of a comment here about this too. I’ve noticed other parents who get quite upset if their child calls them by their formal name (John, Mary, Beth, etc) rather than Mom or Dad.
I don’t agree.
Mom and Dad, or Mama and Papa, or whatever -– these are “earned” titles as far as I’m concerned. I wouldn’t be upset if my oldest were to call me Meghan in a store. Obviously she needed my attention, and “mom” was too generic. I’ve seen parents flip right out about this.
To those people –- take a breath. Your child is not insulting you, or mocking you. This is your name -– you sign it, learn it, speak it, introduce it, spell it. All your life you use it, but somehow find offense taken when your child uses it? Give your head a shake.
In any case, back to my story. Emily -– my three-year-old. She has a sense of humour, definitely not from me. The conversation goes like this:
"Who’s my daughter?"
"Who’s your mom?"
"So I am Meghan and you are Emily?"
"So you’re my daughter, what am I?"
I have no idea where she gets this. I originally blamed my husband, and he would have loved to have taken credit for this. I have to thank her for keeping me on my toes though.