• May 2005
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YDD and my first name

My youngest daughter, who just turned 9 a week ago, just asked me if she could call me by my first name instead of Mom. She said it sounds more grown up. She also asked me if I’d remind her to not play with her dolls anymore.. she said they’re just a “collection,” not toys she will play with since she’s going to be in 4th grade next year. Then she said that she needs to call some friends on the phone b/c that’s what grown up kids do and got out her phone list to start calling. It’s just after 9pm here, so I told her that it’s too late to call her friends’ homes & that she’ll need to call before 8pm in order to show respect to her friends’ homes. This is completely outlandish, I guess. She had never heard of such a thing… for it to be too late to call someone’s home. 🙂

My children know to use good phone manners when phoning their friends’ homes… “Hello, this is ____, may I speak with _____ please?” So I guess the next step is teaching them which times that are appropriate for calling & when it’s best to wait until a better time.

Today was the last day of school here. I’m thinking that the name/doll/phone thing must be a sort of passage from 3rd to 4th grade that YDD has come up with.

BTW, I told her that I don’t care if she calls me my first name, but that if she’s sassing me & calling me my first name, I probably wouldn’t handle it well. She said she’ll only use my first name when she’s being nice. 🙂 I thought that was funny.

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