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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Melani | 2007/04/25

Q.

CONFUSION RE: MUMMMY

Dear Doc

I am a working mum, who is has to leave my 1-year old in the care of a daymother while I am at work.

However I notice that the other children there call the daymother mummy and she responds accordingly without correcting them.

Is this a phase that children go through - a type of "mummy-confusion" due to receiving care from someone other than their mother ? I notice this mainly with the 2-3 year olds.

I am concerned as I do not want my toddler to become confused as to who her mother really is; I actually feel very strongly about it.
Is this something that happens usually with toddlers - and how does one go about handling it ?

I must add that I work mornings only and due to being in a school, I get all holidays off - so my little one spends a considerable amount of time at home with myself. WIll this help in this confusion issue, or am I just being paranoid ?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is unusual for this to happen and I agree that it is wrong for the Daymother to allow the children to call her Mummy. I suggest that you speak to her about it.

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