Sweetie. That's the generic term of endearment I call my kids. I sometimes say it with clenched teeth when I want to call them anything but something dear. I imagine, or tell myself in order to feel better, that anyone with more than one kid, or at least more than two, must rely on pet names because it's tough to remember who you're talking to sometimes. Or is it just me? Early onset losing-my-mind? Like a caricature of a harried mom, I sputter through all of their names before landing on the right one and frequently end up saying, "you know who I'm talking to!" So "sweetie" or "lovey" are my defaults. Almost never "honey", but sometimes "doodle-do" or "my friend" (our babysitter has claimed "pumpkin").
Does this make me as bad as some L&D nurses who just call birthing couples "mom" & "dad" instead of their names? Guess I'm in no position to judge.