Mum sparks debate after her kids are told to stop saying Mummy/Daddy

parenting 22/05/2018

How old is too old to use the terms "mummy" and "daddy?"

A mum has sparked an online debate after her three kids, aged 10, 9 and 7, were told they had to stop using the term by their father.

Her ex-partner had "upset" their children after being at his house, because they wanted to continue using the word.

“Their father had told them they were too old to refer to him as daddy and that other kids would make fun of them as they were too old,” she shared on Mumsnet.

The discussion started a poll as to whether he was in the right, as some agreed that her kids were becoming too old to continue using the term.

“Personally, I would say they are a bit too old for daddy and mummy,” one person wrote.

“I distinctly remember being in Y2 and a boy getting ripped into because he still called his mum ‘mummy’.

“It was one of those things that kids fixate on and lasted until about Y5 I think.”

Others argued it should be up to the kids to decide for themselves when they stop using mummy or daddy and substitute it for shorter names.

“I remember when my son turned seven he said to me is it OK if I call you mum now I’m seven, I’m too old for mummy and that was it,” one user wrote.

“They should call him what they are comfy with but be aware that his warning is genuine,” another added.

“I’m 23 and call my parents mummy and daddy to their face, around friends I refer to them as mum and dad. It’s what I’ve always done so why would I change it?”

What is the appropriate age to stop, or is there an appropriate age in the first place?

Source: Mumsnet