Several readers who know me wanted the history of Mama J.  You
asked, I’m telling.

My daughter Amy’s middle name begins with a J.  Somewhere along
the way, when Amy was about three, I started calling her Amy J for a
nickname.  She actually didn’t like it at first, but by the time she was
between four and five she wanted me to say Amy J.  She called me
Mama at that time (which has now evolved to Mom).

Whenever I would see her after a longer period of being apart, I would
exclaim “Amy J!” in the enthusiastic, high-pitched voice many kids love. 
One day, to my surprise, she exclaimed back, “Mama J!” in the same
excited squeal.  I cracked up with delight, and thus began the family
custom of Amy J and Mama J (which has now evolved to Mommy J).

Then, to heighten the alphabetical hilarity, my husband Brian became
Daddy O.  So his blog, if he had one, could be Daddy O’s Jazz Beat or
some such.  He leaves the parenting material to me.

What are some of your treasured family customs?

Mama J (Diane Fromme) is a writer, parent, and stepparent located in
Northern Colorado.  For more information on her stepparenting book,
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