Maybe you feel too young to take on the same title as your cookie-baking, needle-pointing grandma. Or perhaps, you have a blended family, so baby has multiple grandmas and you need a way to differentiate. Whatever your situation, you are not alone. According to a May 2011 article in "The New York Times," more and more baby boomers are looking for trendy and alternative names once they become grandparents. With teachers, classmates and even movies referring to you as grandma, however, it might be an uphill battle to get your name of choice to stick. If so, just remember how thankful you are just to be a grandma.
Take a page out of rapper T-Pain’s book and replace "grandma" with "g-ma." What probably started as an abbreviation to make texting easier, g-ma is now pretty common. Or, you might customize it a bit to "G.M." or "gogi." According to an October 2010 article in "The New York Times," children over age 6 months can start to handle syllables with both consonants and vowels, like “ba,” “da” and “ma” – and just a little further down the line they can say consonants alone, like “g.” Because of this pattern of vocal development, “g-ma” might actually be easier for your baby to say than "grandma."
If you are more of a diva than a rapper, borrow Goldie Hawn’s term of endearment – “glam-ma.” Celebrities are often trendsetters in fashion and even baby names, so why not for naming grandma. In her memoir, Goldie Hawn said her son coined the name, which helped her come to terms with becoming a grandma. To avoid being a complete copy-cat, go for “glams,” or “glamother.”
If you want a complete departure from "grandma," look to other cultures. "Oma" is German for "grandma" -- and "abuela" and "tita" are the formal and informal Spanish equivalents. In Arabic, "teta" is informal for "grandma," while in Greek it's either "yaya" or "gigia." The French formally use "grand-mere," which might feel too similar to "grandma," but the more informal, "mémé" is sweet. If you want a term that sounds more like a name than a title, try "lola," which is "grandma" in Filipino.
If you think teaching your child to call grandma by her given name sounds boring, think again. Some letters and sounds are tricky for kids to grasp at first, especially names with three or more syllables. This means that your baby just might end up creating the perfect, individualized grandma name based on his mispronunciation. For instance, Grandma Ruth can easily become “Gramma Woof.”
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