Ask Grandma Maggie

Parenting & Childcare Advice
Peggy Moss (1933-2014), also known as Grandma Maggie, penned a parenting column on this site for many years. Back by popular demand, we are republishing the column, sharing with you the best of Grandma Maggie’s parenting and childcare advice.
Unfortunately Grandma Maggie is no longer able to take questions.

What should my grandchild call me?

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My daughter is having a baby. The baby will call my mum (its greatgrandmother) “Nanny.” The baby will call my daughter’s mother-in-law Granny. My name is Lilbet and I want to be called something other than grandma since I’m 39. Can you suggest something, please?


Dear Friend,

Your grandchild and you will figure out a name to use together. You are wise to start thinking about it now, because you will come up with a name that is acceptable to you. The name doesn’t really matter to the child as long as you foster that relationship. Here’s my suggestion. How about starting with the name Lili? Because Ls are hard for kids to say and I can see that turning into a sweet pet name for you, like yeeyee.

Enjoy that child!
Grandma Maggie