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GRANDparent Name: What Do Your Grandkids call you?

What’s in a name? Everything…if you’re talking about your grandparent name. So says just about every new grandparent. What we hear often is, I don’t care what my grandkids call me, just as long as they call me!

We thought you’d enjoy reading this wonderful piece by Olivia Gentile. Though not a grand herself, she beautifully captures the spirit of what it is like to be a GRAND.

What do your grandkids call you?

I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.

Charlene Polakoff • Margate, New Jersey

“I’m proud to be ‘Bubbie.’ My mom was Bubbie; both of my grandmothers were Bubbie. I wear this old-fashioned title with more pride than I ever could have imagined.”

Sandy Geitz • St. Louis, Missouri

“Whatever the child comes up with is fine with me. My two-year-old grandson calls me ‘Grandma‘ but it was ‘Grawawa‘ at first.”

Janet Austin • East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Janet Austin with her first grandchild, who’s old enough now to call her “Grammy.”

“I chose ‘Grammy‘ ’cause it seems a bit more playful, and what’s more fun than playing with the grandkids?”

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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