The Grandma Alternative: Boomer Women Setting Their Own Variant Names

11/04/2011 08:33 am ET | Updated Jan 04, 2012

When my nephew called to tell me that he and his wife are expecting their first child in January, I immediately phoned his mother, my sister-in-law, to congratulate her, affectionately calling her Grandma.

Let’s just say I got major pushback. “There will be no G-word,” she said firmly.

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