Grammar Lesson Monday: Capitalizing "Mom"

Welcome to Grammar Lesson Monday!
This continuous series will address many common grammar mistakes made in the media and that I've seen more than once.  I strive to make the world a better place with good grammar.

Today, we will learn about when to capitalize "mom."

When you're talking about "mom" with a possessive pronoun, you don't capitalize.
My mom always does my laundry.
Little Daniel gave his mom a hug.
Let's go and find your mom.
We love our mom!

However, when you address "mom" directly, you do capitalize.  (You can also see that directly addressing "Mom" is usually separated with a comma.)
Mom, I need my shoes!
Can you help me with my homework, Mom?

This capitalization theory is the same for all titles: Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa, Doctor, Officer, Captain, Princess, King...you get the idea.

That's it for today.  Celebrate good grammar!

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