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Old 02-15-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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When I was younger I was raised to call adults by Mr or Mrs (or Miss/Ms) last name and all my friends did the same. Do children still do this?? It's been so long since I have referred to adults this way it didn't cross my mind until recently that I may need to teach DS.

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:41 PM   #2
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Re: Using Mr, Mrs, Ms & Miss

A lot of kids do NOT do this anymore, and it irks me. To me it was always a respect thing, and I always called my friends parents by Mr. and Mrs. (or whatever else their title was). The exception were my parents friends, because they either gave the okay for first name, or were never introduced with the last name and I had nothing else to call them by.
My stepson calls my MIL by her nickname and his uncle by his first name only, and it irritates me to no end.


I plan to teach DD to use proper titles...
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I don't know if children still do this nowadays, but I will be teaching my kids to do so.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:45 PM   #4
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I haven't taught my kids yet. They are mostly surrounded by family so to them everyone is either an Aunt, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa, etc. When they get a little older I will teach them about calling people by Mr. or Mrs.
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I put no . . . but really I will teach her to call elders I know that want to be called it. Otherwise, we are an Aunt & Uncle kind of family for our closest friends . . . the rest would laugh if she called them Ms. XXX.
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Re: Using Mr, Mrs, Ms & Miss

I love the "Miss first name" and "Mr first name" for kids. That is what I'll teach my kids to do unless it is someone like a teacher they need to call by the last name.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:52 PM   #7
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Absolutely. It drives some of my friends nuts. One close friend, for example, always says, "Oh just call me Teresa." I tell my children once we are away from her that regardless of what she says, they are to use Ms. with her. It's just the way i was raised I guess. I will say though that I have quite a few friends who don't share their husband's last names and it was a little easier to have the kids call them Ms or Mr + first name. But first names only = NEVER!!
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:03 PM   #8
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It depends on the situation. My son calls my friends by their names, but his friends mom's by Mrs. I also go by what people introduce themselves as.
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Mr., Mrs., Ms. + first name is what we're teaching the kids right now. It a sign of respect IMO.

We're also teaching them to say "yes m'am, sir", which you don't hear a lot these days.
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We are really just getting to this point, but I tell DD to use Ms First Name or Mr. First Name in most circumstances. I have a close friend that really didn't like it though, so she calls her Aunt First Name. That's the only person who has really taken issue with it though.

I'm not very old, but it still irritates me when kids use just my first name.
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