My parents have a much loved ageing Labrador and a little before Xmas they got a Labrador puppy as well.
Since the new dog has arrived, my mum has taken to referring to both dogs as ‘the kids’. A lot.
My DH got confused a couple of times on Xmas day when mum said things like ‘have the kids eaten yet?’ as he naturally thought she was talking about my brother and I!
I’m thinking, the dogs are not your kids, we are your kids. If the dogs are your kids, what does that make us now?!
This is petty, I know, but it does bug me. Seems like every time I talk to my mum on the phone she’ll mention the dogs as the kids and then always follow with “that’s what I call them, the kids”.
Would this slightly grind your gears?
*Please note, this is specific to my situation and in no way a dig at childless people who consider their pets to be their children*