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April 15th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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My kids call almost all adults by Mr. or Mrs. Last Name. There are a few exceptions like my best friend, her husband, her mom, and my cousin, who are all Aunt or Uncle First Name. Also, the few times that they talk about someone I work with, it's Mr. or Miss First Name, only because I don't know all the last names of the people I work with!

Their friends call my husband and I Mr. and Mrs. Last Name, and so do all the kids at church. It kind of cracks me up at work when the "kids" there (16 and 17-year-olds) call me by my first name, because if I knew them in any other setting, they would be calling me Mrs. LastName.

We don't use sir or ma'am unless we don't know the name of the person we're talking to, like at a restaurant or store. It's just a respect thing. As someone else said, a child calling an adult by their first name seems to place them on a peer level.
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