The world would be a better place if kids were taught to call people Mr. or Ms. instead of by their first names. I was never allowed to call and adult by their first name. <br />
Kids call their parents by their first names! I used to be a teacher and the first time I heard a student call his mother by her first name I nearly passed out!
Great subject. I was always required to show my elders respect by addressing them as Mr or Mrs. Somehow, in this touchy-feelie, new-age, left-leaning, introspective culture we've fallen into, common respect is considered to be not PC enough, and like you said, we don't want to annoy the poor kiddies. We need to take a belt to their ***** and stop apologizing for being the adults.
" The times, they are a changing." Way, way back in my time as a child, we were required to refer to adults as Mr. or Mrs. or Miss and, it was Aunt Alice and Uncle Al, forever. Even after we were adults ourselves. By contrast, my grandchildren call their parents by their first name. I admit that I'm old as dirt but, I like the old way of showing respect for our elders. I think it teaches the younger people to generally respect authority, rather than think of themselves as equals, which they won't be until they're brains have developed and they become adults themselves. I think this equality trend started with people who wanted to be their kids friends, not their parents.
I miss the way people used to behave. Part of why I love old movies is because it's a window into a time when human decency and a sense of community were looked upon as good things, and encouraged rather than ridiculed.
I've just turned 42, nut if they are elder, I will call people Mr... or Mrs... If they're the same age as me or younger, I call them by their first name - if I can feckin remember it, which is a rare event.
Ha, its a giggle innit - I remember being terrified when I was coming up to 18. My recent birthday was 5 days ago and I didn't give a $hit! No cards, no presents - no problem. Mind you, I wouldn't mind a cake when I hit 90...