A couple of months ago I busted my mother-in-law letting my 2½-year-old son call her “mummy.” She knows it upset me, but she doesn’t care. Is it wrong that I’m now trying to distance us from her? She claims that he said it on his own, but he was never that close to her.
Children this young sometimes slip and call a grandmother “mummy” when they’re feeling loved, so I don’t think your mother-in-law encouraged your son to call her that. The next time it happens, ask your mother-in-law to clarify to your son that she’s Grandma.
This is not a slap in the face or a criticism of your parenting. Don’t take it personally.
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