What do you call your mother when you talk to her? I call mine Mom, now when I was little would call her Mommy I suppose but I have always called my father Dad, I would sometime call my step-dad Daddy but not all the time. My grandparents have always been Grandma and Grandpa with the exception of my Great Grandfather (my maternal gradmother's step-father) and he was called Pappy or Pap, my Grandpa Stewart was also called Papaw when I was little but as I grew up it switched to Grandpa. However, I never addressed them as Grandma Rose or Grandma Betty etc. unless I was talking about them in conversation.
Also, did you have to address your Aunt's and Uncle's as "Aunt/Uncle so and so", I think I may have called my Dad's brother Uncle Donnie when I was little but now I just say Donnie. On my Mom's side I just addressed them by first name, probably because the age difference is only 10 years with my Aunt Julie and even less than that with my Uncle JP and I assume since I called them by first name I only followed suit with my Uncle Steve. Now I had a step-mom who made me call her sisters "Aunt so and so" which to me was strange and I did not like it, so of course I think I just refrained from saying their names!
I think on Shane's side our child will call his or her aunts/uncles "Aunt Beth" or "Uncle Jon" but on my side I do not think they will address my siblings as "Aunt/Uncle" only because I don't address mine like that, Shane does. I do not see the disrespect I think it is a matter of how you grew up.
Did you let your kids choose what to call his or her grandparents or did you let the grandparents request to be called something? I will let my parents/grandparents be called whatever they want to be called, I think. I assume that my child will call me Mom or Mommy, I would prefer not to be addressed as Mother or Mama- just not my style. I am assuming that Shane will be Dad or Daddy?!
I would never allow my child to call me by my first name, that I think shows disrespect. Odd how I don't like that but addressing aunts and uncles by first name does not bother me, again its how I grew up.
Shane also refers to some of his parents friends as "Aunt" and "Uncle" and some of his friends kids refer to him as "Uncle Shane" and me as "Aunt Brook"- thoughts on that? I never did this as a child, my parents friends were called by their first names. I however would like for my children to call their friends parents "Mr/Mrs" until told not to. I would assume that they would call our friends by first name- (ex. Sherry) but I think Shane would address Sherry as "Aunt Sherry". I am not sure how I feel about this yet, I will have to think about it.
So my question to you- if you are a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend how would you prefer Baby Zimmerman address you and how do you address the people discussed above? Thanks for your input!