Old Fashioned? Or Respectful?

Maybe I am old fashioned, maybe I am a bit nitpicky?

When I was a child I was taught that my grandparents were Grandma and Grandpa. With two sets of grandparents and a set of great grandparents we used their last names to distinguish which Grandparent we were referring to if it wasn’t obvious.

In today’s world of grandparenting, we are referred to Grandma and Grandpa with our first names attached. Hence, I am known as Grandma Tracie. Even though my children do not use my first name, my grandchildren do?

As a position of respect, children refer to their teachers as Mr. and Mrs. followed by their last names.

A few questions:

If we don’t refer to our parents by their first names, why do children get taught to refer to their grandparents by their first names?

Is this teaching a lack of respect or simply old fashioned?

Does the title “Grandparent” hold a meaning or does even it matter?

Please share your view and indicate if your view is coming from the stand of a grandparent, grandchild or the parent that sits in between.


One comment

  1. I am a great-grandma. Most of my grandchildren just call me Grandma. When little , we had them call me Grandma Kay(my middle name). It fit best and was the easiest to remember. As the children grew, the term shortened to “Grandma”. As they get older I’m not picky about what they call me as long as it is with respect. And they do this as I have shown them respect.


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