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April 11th, 2008, 05:44 PM
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These topics were brought up on another message board I'm on. I was actually surprised at the number of kids who don't use Mr. & Mrs. when addressing adults and don't use sir & ma'am. It's been speculated on the other board that this is mostly a southern thing, so now I'm curious. Is it a southern thing?

I encourage my kids to address adults with Mr. or Mrs. and the last name. However, if it's a close friend I don't mind them using Mr. or Ms. with their first name. Dh has one good friend that the boys tend to call "uncle" eventhough he's not their uncle. I just feel that the child is showing respect to the adults by using these titles. The same goes for sir & ma'am. To me, it's a respect thing. One mom even commented that using sir or ma'am sounds condescending!

So, what is everyone else's opinion on this topic? Do your kids use sir & ma'am and Mr. & Mrs.?
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