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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 09 Nov 2017, 04:50

This isn't about what you might think, but didn't know how else to title it. For the first time I'm doing a third person children's story - aimed at older children but not really young adults (I know these things are arbitary - let's say VERY roughly 10-13 year olds) and am having trouble with how to refer to my young protagonists' parents. To say 'Mummy' and 'Daddy' or even 'Mum' and 'Dad' comes over as a bit childish for this age group, but using first names doesn't quite work either (and is potentially confusing) and saying Mr or Mrs whatever seems stilted. Is this why so many children's books are about orphans :) Any advice or opinions much appreciated.
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Post by KS Crooks » 11 Nov 2017, 19:49

What I find happens to kids when they reach that age, including myself once upon a time, is to use different words. When addressing parents in public or around friends, I would say "Mom", but when alone or around family I said "Mummy". Try giving your character a similar way of dealing with their mixed mindset.

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 13 Nov 2017, 04:24

Thanks a lot for the advice, but I was thinking more of the third person, as in 'When Jane told her story she realised that Mum/Mrs Jones/Anne was finding it hard to believe.
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Post by johappy » 14 Nov 2017, 22:06

It would seem most natural to say "her mum." I find that when I'm reading and the author has used another title, I forget that it's the parent. Make sense?

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Post by CommMayo » 14 Nov 2017, 23:07

Are your audience and your characters British?

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Are your audience and your characters British?

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 15 Nov 2017, 05:39

Mainly but not exclusively.
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Post by vaz222 » 20 Nov 2017, 23:18

Could you say "her mother/her father" instead?

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