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"Moms" Versus "Mothers"

Posted by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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screen_name: Lynea104 email: lynea.search@q.com reason: suggestion subject: "Moms" versus "Mothers" feedback: Hello, I am a new member. I just wanted to put in my vote to stop always calling ourselves "moms." There's nothing wrong with the word per se. It's just that when that's ALL we call ourselves, it seems to me to trivialize the experience of mothering. In my younger years, we were all "mothers." I remember a little magazine from Venice, CA, called "MOMMA: The Organization for Single Mothers." Just my input. I think occasionally calling ourselves "Moms" is great. And, of course, using it as a term for you to address your child or your own mother is just fine.

Feedback appreciated!

Lynea

by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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tyfry7496
by Janet on Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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Yeah no. I'll always be a MOM. Not a mother. My son only calls me Mother when's he's being a smartass teenager. I rarely refer to my mom as Mother. Way too formal for us. Mother seems like someone who wants distance from her kids. Just my input.
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kristiansmommy1
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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I think it's like the dad vs father thing IMO. A mother is anyone that gives birth but a mom is the one that is there for and raises their kids
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LifeCafe42
by Nora on Sep. 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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Mother is what I call my mom when I'm mad at her lol
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StephMarie_Mom
by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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I agree with the other moms. I'm not "mother". I'm Mommy or Mama. It's a more endearing term. Where Mother is formal, distant, and sometimes bitter sounding.
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mommaJewels2011
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Mother is a formal title. I am a mom.
mommaJewels2011
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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PS, you never hear Evil Step Mom, it's Mother lol
MsEmma88
by Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I am mama or mommy or when we are being silly I am Elmo (family nickname not for red puppet either lol) I am a mother genetically and a mama in all other sense of the word. I'm sure that when teenage scary starts mother will be a term said more often. But not yet!
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mytrueloveS
by Lori on Sep. 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I don't use mom or mother, I use Ama.  My kid calls me mommy or Ama.  I wouldn't use mother, I would use mom.  

Jasuzha
by Bronze Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 1:54 AM
I agree with the pps. My son is speech delayed. He doesn't say mama often. I would much rather hear mama than mother though. Mama just sounds more casual, comfortable, and loving.
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proudmommy270
by New Member on Sep. 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I am called, ''mama'' or ''mommy''  I would never want to be called mother..it seems so cold and without feeling.

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