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Parents encourage kids to call grandmas 'GaGa', grandpas 'Grampy'

London, Tue, 31 May 2011 ANI

London, May 31 (ANI): More and more parents are encouraging their kids to come up with creative alternatives to address their grandmas and grandpas, a survey has found.


For example, actress Goldie Hawn, 65, is "Gogo" to her grandkids, while cosmetically enhanced comedienne Joan Rivers, 77, is "Nana New Face".


A poll of 1,000 mothers found that 28 percent of children have five or more grandparents, thanks to the rise in stepfamilies, so in a diplomatic effort to avoid conflict and confusion the different names are being used.


Parents are increasingly encouraging their children to adopt creative choices, including "Biddy", "GaGa", "Grampy" and "Grumpy".


While "Nanny" and "Grandma" make up almost half of all grandmothers' names, and "Grandad" more than two thirds of grandfathers' names, the research identified more than 30 regularly used alternatives.


It found that the most popular alternatives for "Grandmother" are "Ma-Ma" and "Baba", while tots opt for "Pop" and "Dada" instead of "Grandfather".


The survey, conducted by parenting website, also discovered that names from other languages have joined the array of affectionate monikers.he rankings included the Greek "YiaYia" and the Afrikaans "Ouma" for Grandma, and the German "Opa" and the Welsh "Taid" for Grandpa.


The researchers charted the ten most popular alternative names for each gender, but also noted other colourful choices they came across, including "Glitter" and "Buddha".


"It is often the adults who have the harder time trying to decide who gets their first choice of grandparent name," the Daily Mail quoted Nifa McLaughlin, of, as saying.


"It can be a minefield of family politics to make sure that all sets of grandparents feel happy with their name," she said. (ANI)


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