Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Capitalizing "mom" and "dad"

Capitalization rules can be confusing, but I’m going to concentrate on one thing here today: the capitalization of the words “mom” and “dad.”

Proper nouns are capitalized and common nouns are not. When "mom" and "dad" are used in place of a person's name, they are capitalized. When they're used to describe a generic parental relationship, they must be lowercase. 

Examples:

CORRECT:

My mom took us to the park.

Dad was mad at me for making a mess, but my mom cleaned it up.

My brother told me that Mom and Dad said we were going on vacation.

INCORRECT:

My Mom took us to the park.

My Dad was mad at me for making a mess, but my Mom cleaned it up.

My brother told me that mom and dad said we were going on vacation.

If you’re ever unsure, you can google the rules. I spoke to an author once who told me she asked about this in a group of writers and was told it was ok to capitalize “mom” and “dad” any time. Not true. Writers are not always editors. You’re better off using Google.

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