The popular parenting title, Mum and Dad, may soon be a thing of the past? Apparently it is just not “cool” anymore.

A recent article published in The Daily Beast suggests a new title is trending in the US.

Apparently children are calling their father Papa. Which peaked around 1870 and over then next one hundred years, it’s popularity declined in favour of dad. But now, Papa is coming back in style.

“I just think ‘dad’ and ‘mum’ are very Saved by the Bell-ish,” Will Grose, 36, a Brooklyn father of three told the publication.

“I don’t know if my wife and I explicitly made decisions about what we were going to call ourselves,” he added. “Maybe there’s some by proxy indoctrination that happens so that you just end up doing what everyone else is doing.”

Similarly, father to three-year-old daughter Afton Love, Justin Underwood, said dad is  “very bland and drab,” he said. “There’s no excitement to it, and I feel like the word papa nowadays has so many meanings. We live in an age when fathers are more in touch with their feminine sides and are all right with playing dress-up and putting on makeup with their daughters.”

“Perhaps ‘papa’ is representative of a general leaning towards wanting to be your child’s friend as opposed to having a more hierarchical relationship,” said Armin Brott.

Stacie Johnson, mum to 3-year-old daughter, Willa, said she thought “mama” and “papa” sounded unique and didn’t make them think of their own parents (“mom and dad”).

Modern mothers have also adopted “mama” as their go-to because “mum” and “mummy” are too associated with stereotypes about motherhood.

“Mama” is said to buck tradition and serve as a new identity for hip, alternative, progressive mothers.

What moniker do you prefer? Call me old fashioned if you like, I will happily stick with Mum and Dad. 

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  • it doesn’t matter really what you decide on as it is so personal. i like mummy personally :)


  • Mum and Dad are fine by us.


  • I have friends who are of German descent. They call the parents Mum and Dad but use the German words for the grandparents.


  • I’m fine with mum and dad. In all today’s drama I dont see anything wrong at all with drab and bland.


  • I’m Dutch and grew up with mama and papa, which in Dutch is the same as mum and dad. In the same way grandmother and granddad are oma and opa.
    When my kids grew up I taught them papa and mama as well, but they made it mum and dad and that totally doesn’t matter to me.


  • I’m sorry but papa just reminds me of yentl
    ????papa can you hear me


  • depends on their mood or what they want, “muuuuuum” or “mummy dearest darling” when they want something and “she beast” when they get grounded


  • I’m a “mama”. I hate “mum” and certainly loathe “mummy” my kids are not stupid they don’t need to succumb to baby talk. My husband is a papa simply because he is french and that’s what they’re called.


  • I don’t think mum and dad will ever be phased out. I did go looking for a unique grandma title, I was unsuccessful


  • Mum and Dad is what l know and prefer!


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