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What should we call them?

I'm in the process of adopting my 11 year old son (really step-son, but we've been together since he was 4, so I'm his "real dad") and I need a little help with the name situation. He calls me "Papa" when talking to me, and "Dad" when talking about me (I hope that's all he's calling me!), but he still calls my parents by their names. It's not that he doesn't see them as grandparents, it's just what he's used to. But with the adoption going through (hopefully) and another baby on the way, I'd like him to start calling them Grandma & Grandpa, or some version of it, sort of a family unity thing. He's not that comfortable with grandma/grandpa, so I'm trying to figure out alternatives. Any suggestions? My family is German and my wife is Irish, if that leads to any suggestions. Thanks for the input.
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Re: What should we call them?

Well dad... he's 11 so you can sit down and talk to him... (father son talk over pizza and mike shakes) give he a family tree sorta of thing where mom and dad (you) came from (grandma and grandpa) and so forth ..aunts and uncles..... the whole nine and explain that it s term of endearment (use smaller word) used to express is love towards them..... (that's what came to mind, don't know it will help) if he loves you enough to call you dad he'll love them enough call them grandma and grandpa it just seem like he really didn't know to call them that... kinda like the way you teach children to call people Mr ..... and Ms..... instead of their first names



Good luck bro..
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Re: What should we call them?

or you could just beat his ass until he does it. always worked on me
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Re: What should we call them?

My stepdaughter calls my parents grandpa and grandma, but she calls me both dad and by my first name.
I'm not all that worried about it, whatever is most comfortable for her is best.
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Re: What should we call them?

How about deciding upon other verbiage that will still indicate grandma & grandpa? My sister and I used to call our one grandmother, Gramz and gransfather Poppop. I have no clue how those names were determined. Other names that come to mind are Grandmom, Grandpop, and Gramps. Maybe something like that will make him more comfortable. You could also ask him to think of what he'd like to call them which will still indicate familial ties. That may help.
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Re: What should we call them?

Along the same lines as BDA, let him call them whatever he's comfortable with, and don't force the issue. That's just my opinion.

A heartfelt congratulations on the adoption, my hat is off to you.
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Re: What should we call them?

I'm of the opinion that the name doesn't matter. Whatever the kid is comfortable with.

Funny b/c my wife and mom and dad are going through the same thing. My wife calls my parents by their names, but I can kinda see that mom and dad want her to call them "Mom and Dad" but that just ain't gonna fly.

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Re: What should we call them?

my nephews call my parents - mawmaw and pawpaw
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