What is one of the oldest jokes about becoming a grandparent?
“I don’t mind being a grandma, but I’m not sure about sleeping with a grandpa!”
Getting used to the role of grandparent takes time, but is a universal experience.
Getting used to the name, these days, is much more culturally variable.
Depending on how you answer the questions below, your grandparent name could vary a lot!
1. How old are you?
2. What do your friends’ grandchildren call your friends?
3. What associations, negative or positive, do you have with grandparent names?
4. What do the children themselves say when they first try to say your name?
5. How many languages are spoken in your family?
A few months ago I saw a funny video about grandma names on Facebook.
I can’t embed it here, but take a minute and click the link and you will enjoy.
Also you may enjoy this article about why “grandma” has fallen out of fashion.
If you are a grandparent, please share the name(s) you and your partner, if any, use. And if you have time to tell the story behind the name, please do!
If you aren’t a grandparent, please say what you called your own grandparents and what feelings their names evoke in you now.