February 2014 Moms

Nicknames for step parents?

My dad is remarrying in a few months, and since my parents divorce (3ish years ago) I've been adamant that my children will only have two grandmas... so I need help brainstorming a honorary nickname for dad's new wife...
if you're curious it was a nasty divorce for all involved (my sister and I included)

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  • What about "deedee" if her name is Diane or some spin off like that?
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  • I was thinking Gigi might work

  • My aunt's step grandkids call her Mom-mom Mary. I think Gigi is cute!
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  • my aunt has her biological granddaughter call her gigi, so I'm stealing the idea :D

  • I hadn't even thought about this yet! I think I'll probably ask my stepmom what she'd like to be called and leave it at that to not hurt her feelings. On a side note, she has a friend who became a grandma in her 40's and decided to have her granddaughter call her "lady" :)
  • Both sets of the grandparents to be will be pushing late 40s or early 50s, they said they feel too young lol

  • I hadn't really thought of this. My dad is not living anymore but my mom remarried quite a few years before he died as they had been divorced. I call her husband by his first name hmmm... DH's parents go by maw maw and pawpaw which I HATE!!! But I didn't have the first grand kid and that's what they go by. My mom calls herself grandma where my niece is concerned but I'm not sure they call Toby by anything grandparent related. I will have to ask!

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  • My daughters grandmother remarried and once he was legitimately family, I felt like he had outgrow "mr jones", so I asked him what he wanted the kids to call him. Well, we call him "big dawg" now. Lol. That's even how he signs all of his cards. His son? "little dawg"....obviously :p
  • I was thinking of Nana for our stepmothers and we already call my stepdad Poppy, so he can keep that going.

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  • We use Nana which is a play on her name.
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  • Here's a different perspective: When my sister was pregnant my mom was very concerned with what my step-mother would be called. I told her that my niece will likely call them all what she calls them and my step-mother will likely be grandma too because the baby won't understand the complicated divorce history. Sure enough, my mom and step mom are both Grandma FirstName and the paternal gma is Grammy. It hasn't been an issue at all. And my niece has 3 grandmas who love her and spoil her. She's a lucky little girl.

    Despite your own feelings, I know it took me a long time to forgive my dad and warm up to his wife, the new baby won't have all of that history. He/she will just know that these grand people love him/her. And will prob develop their own "names" for the grands. My dad wanted to be grandpa but niece calls him Papa FirstName. She came up with that on her own. I imagine my kid will follow suit since we all call him Papa now.
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  • My kids call my mother in law's husband Gran-Den. His name is Denis. But if you put gran infront of the name it may work! Also, if this is the first step grand child for her, your LO may turn the name you chose into something else when he/she starts to talk.
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  • @tfkre8ive that's a good point, It might be a good idea just to see what LO decides to call her

  • can i play devils advocate here and give you a different side?

    i totally see your point and you are very valid for wanting to find a different non traditional grandparent name...HOWEVER...as the step child, this becomes SOOOO CONFUSING...when let's say her biological children have children (assumign she has them). it caused my sister and i to grow up feeling very left out from the other side of the step family. why is she grandma to one but not to us when we have known her just as long and in some case we were "family" before the other grandkids were even thought of.

    now that my mom has remarried, again, and all the kids are growing up together we just chose to go with the same name for this family so that the kids have all sets of grandparents to be loved on and love. it doesnt change their perspective at all, in fact they just know more ppl love them. i am not close with my second step dad at all, but he's great with my kids and to be frank, is the only grandfather they really have.

    i dont know your story. and i do get a messy divorce..it sucks on all ends. a nickname would totally be cute. but there is an age at some point the kids will ask questions...my four year old already does. 

    good luck in finding the right solution for your family :)


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  • thanks for the helpful ideas y'all... I'll end up asking FI what he thinks we should do and go from there, I'm thinking we'll see what LO wants to do and go from there

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  • I'm just going to ask my stepmother what she wants to be called and leave it up to her.
  • FI and I decided to go this route
    I'm just going to ask my stepmother what she wants to be called and leave it up to her.


  • My own grama remarried a man named Grant, he didn't feel quite comfortable being our grampa so it became a funny joke to call him Grant-pa! :) Kids are so good at settling these things for everyone with a little cuteness and humour.
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