What word or phrase does your mother always say?
before vowels ped-, word-forming element meaning "boy, child," from Greek pedo-, comb. form of pais "boy, child," especially a son, from PIE root *peu- "small, little, few, young" (see few (adj.)). The British form paed- is better because it avoids confusion with ped-.
pedo- 2 or ped- or paed- or paedo-
Child; children: pedodontics.