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LIF Adult

Member since 2/08

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How would you respond?

I am childfree and my four year old nephew said happy mother's day to me on the phone and I didn't know what to say. His mom was right next to him and didn't say anything either. It's bad enough to hear it hear it from a grocery store clerk to the guy at the gym when they assume I am a mom but I was surprised to hear from a four year old.

Message edited 5/13/2015 1:43:21 AM.

Posted 5/13/15 1:41 AM


Member since 5/05

8129 total posts


How would you respond?

I think at 4 years old, a child thinks any adult female is a mother. I wouldn't worry about it, nor think to correct the child. All that will do is cause more confusion, when in reality the kid doesn't or shouldn't care.

Posted 5/13/15 10:21 AM


Member since 7/12

4287 total posts


How would you respond?

I would say thank you. He is 4. People are being nice and saying happy mothers day. I take it like Christmas. I am Jewish. I just say thank you.

Posted 5/13/15 11:00 AM

No one sings like you anymore.

Member since 7/10

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Petticoated Swashbuckler

Re: How would you respond?

I'd just say thank you.

Posted 5/13/15 11:54 AM


Member since 5/05

10425 total posts


Re: How would you respond?

I would just say Thank you. It could be that he can't differentiate, or it could be that it is just something you say on a holiday., like Happy Easter.

My Godmother said it to me, which I thought was odd- she is also childless & knows full well that I am -- I guess it was just habit.

Posted 5/13/15 1:53 PM


Member since 1/14

7984 total posts


Re: How would you respond?

Posted by PearlJamChick

I'd just say thank you.

agree at 4 he does not know the difference. He prob said to his mother all day and just continued saying it to.

Posted 5/13/15 9:15 PM

Too blessed to be stressed

Member since 4/09

6691 total posts


Re: How would you respond?

i'd say thank you

Posted 5/14/15 3:38 PM

LIF Adult

Member since 3/11

1191 total posts


How would you respond?

Say thank you and as for his mother she probably didnt know how to correct him without it being awkward?

Posted 5/17/15 9:05 AM

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Member since 3/09

8268 total posts


Re: How would you respond?

Thank you.

He's 4, doesn't quite understand it.
My niece and nephew never acknowledged me on Mother's Day, and it kind of hurt since I was very much involved in their lives when they were younger.
My mom is gone 11 years already.

I can't deal with strangers wishing me a happy mother's day, so I hibernate at home. DH finally gets it.

Posted 5/18/15 10:06 AM

LIF Adult

Member since 4/11

2642 total posts


How would you respond?

At 38 years old I still wish my aunt a happy mother's day (her son passed away years ago)--- same reason they have Mother Day cards for aunts etc - I just use it to mean thank you for playing a "maternal" role in my life.

Posted 5/26/15 11:15 PM

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