Childhood Diseases

Posted by: flower | 2010-05-13


20month old son maybe confused???

for financial reasons my husband and i had to move in with my parents. everyone gets on well with everyone and everyone knows their specific roles. My son knows i am his mommy and he knows who is his daddy but sometimes he will run after my mom and call her mommy and my dad daddy, but through things he does and says i know he knows that my husband and i are his parents. it has happened before when he calls other females mom and other males daddy, so i dont know why this is happening. should i be concerned. we encourage him everyday to call my mom, ouma and my dad oupa but it does not sink in. My mom even ignores him sometimes when he calls her mom. My husband and i take over completely as soon as we get home and take care of our own son.

is this normal behavious as i dont see this happen with other friends and i am starting to get embarressed.

otherwise he is completely healthy and fine.

ps he can say other words besides mom and dad so i know there no speach problem

Expert's Reply



This is very common and your little son is very young still. As you say, he does know that you are his Mom and your husband is his Dad. He will start getting it right one of these days.

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Posted by: Letitia | 2010-05-13

Candi is correct, I think most children do it just because they hear us saying it. They probably associate it with your parents''s name.

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Posted by: Candi | 2010-05-13

I can so relate to this! My son is 2 and also calls my mom mommy! I think its coz they hear us saying it. So they just copy it! My mom also ignores him when he calls her mom and then he quickly realises it and then calls her nanny - he cannot say granny! LOL I really dont think its a problem.

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