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03/31/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

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Laura on

I loved Joey’s response. He seemed so nice especially when I’m sure he did get several rude/offensive comments. I think he and his wife (and Rhys) will do just great.

As for the story about what for your kids to call you… well I really didn’t like the advice that was given. I mean calling you by your real name doesn’t seem like something worth being punished over? If i were that parent, I would sit down with the child and say something like “I know it was fun to call me by my first name. But I would really love it if you called me mom again. You only have one mom and it is a special relationship that I want just you and me to have.” (maybe you and me and siblings to have) “Lots of people call me __ but only you can call me mom”) Something like that. The child might be too young to reason with but they might still understand the basic idea. If they feel “mom” and “dad” are too ordinary then you could help your child come up with a nickname for you that only they say. Kind of like grandparents go by lots of different names depending on their preferences and what the kids are able to say when they are little.

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