Grandmother calls my niece ‘her’ baby

It clearly bothers the parents, but how do you get her to stop saying that?



November 5, 2020 - 9:06 AM

(Nick Galifianakis/for The Washington Post)

Dear Carolyn: My mom is a first-time grandmother and refers to my niece as “my baby.” I can tell it irks my brother and sister-in-law, but they don’t say anything. 

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Other than when she asks if I’ve seen “[her] baby” and I respond that no, he was at work, but I did see her granddaughter, can I say anything? Or do these things pass when the next grandkid comes?

— Grandma’s “Baby”

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