What’s In a Name, Grandpa?
What do your grandchildren call you? Do they use traditional secular names, like “grandma” or “pops?” Or did your grandchildren come up with creative names? How much do you identify with your grandparent “title?”
In a recent New York Times article, “Who Are You Calling Grandma?” reporter, Alexandra Zissu highlights a growing trend among the emerging Baby-Boomer grandparent demographic: the antipathy toward the names “grandma” and “grandpa.” As Goldie Hawn explained regarding her unfavorable opinion of the word “grandmother,” “it has so many connotations of old age and decrepitude!” Her grandson instead calls her Glam-ma!
The Grandparents Circle Blog has highlighted this article because transitioning into grandparenthood can be difficult whether you have grandchildren in interfaith homes or not. Sometimes your grandparent “name” can make a big difference in your attitude toward your new role. What do your grandchildren being raised in interfaith homes call you? If you have grandchildren raised in Jewish homes, do they call you by a different name? Should it make a difference?