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Do you let your minor children call adults by their first names instead of Mr., Mrs, or Miss?

I can remember one time when I was a child, my mother heard me call our neighbor by her first name. When I got home I got yelled at and spanked for being disrepectful to an adult. Even though I told my mother that our neighbor told me to call her by her first name, my Mom was going to have none of that. Were you brought up the same way, what about your kids?


Asked by maggiebgood at 5:56 PM on Jul. 13, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • Even as an adult.. My son does not address anyone by their first name/or other nickname..etc.. without permission from the person themselves. Same for me.. I'm 49 years old, everyone (especially strangers, anyone who is not family or close friend..etc.) to me is "Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss" unless I've been told that it is okay for me to address them otherwise.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 8:19 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • NO first names... mr. miss. mrs. etc. I'm sorry but that's the way it should be.

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 5:58 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • We are very casual around here and most adults are addressed by their first name. But our school requires kids to use Mr./Mrs./Ms., Ma'am, Sir. It makes me feel weird, I would much rather be addressed by my first name. Mrs. Herald is my MIL.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 5:59 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Family have appropriate titles - ie: Aunt/Uncle - cousin's are first name regardless of age

    Friends / Acquaintances etc...the kids call Miss/Mr {First Name}

    Teacher's are Mrs/Mr {Last Name}

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 6:10 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • I was raised where we call parents of friends by Mr/Mrs--last name unless we were instructed to call them by first name (I only had one family where we used the last name) everyone else was Mr/Mrs first name. We have a very close friends where it is first name only and my child respects them more than she does us sometimes. We use the proper forms of respect where they are required.

    Answer by coala at 6:21 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • We were both raised with Mr./Mrs (Last name) except for the few that insisted we use their first name. My kids use Mr/Mrs for their teachers inside school, a few of them prefer their first names when out on the street. Close friends are Aunt/Uncle, friends are Miss/Mr. (First name), and a few are Mr./Mrs. (Last name). It depends on the person and what they prefer.

    Answer by kustomkrochet at 7:00 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Yes. We were both raised to call adults outside the family by their first names. Family members almost all have nicknames...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:00 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Mr and Ms until the ADULT tells them otherwise. It is also disrespectful to go against what someone wishes too. If I tell someone to call me by my first name and they don't, I don't answer, even a child. There is more to respect than using Mr and Ms.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 6:00 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • My son calls his teachers Miss and Mr,, and the last name,, he calls his baby sittler Miss Kim and Miss Jodi,,,

    Answer by kimigogo at 6:05 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Completely depends on the person!

    Answer by MommyofTwo331 at 6:13 PM on Jul. 13, 2011