Straight Talk Advice

Jan 24, 2007

You’re always someone’s kid….

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 53 and my kids are ages 22, 24 and 25. All are presently in college. How does one refer to their children once they are grown and on their own? Calling them “kids” doesn’t sound right but I don’t know what else to call them.—Rich H., Sacramento

From Brittney, 18: You’re still your parents’ kid aren’t you? What’s wrong with calling them kids? Or do like my mom does and call them your “adult children.”

From Peter, 20: Regardless of how old they are, they are still your kids. But at 53, you’ve also earned the right to call them “Chilluns,” “Youngins,” “Varmints,” and perhaps “Spawn.” Now that I’m grown up, my dad calls me by my baby name, which was, apparently, Dee-Dah. Go figger…


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