When you were a child, did you grow up calling all adults by their formal title? (I.e. “Miss” or “Mrs.” or “Ms.” or “Mr.”)
As in, “Sweet little Louise, say hello to our neighbor Miss Kelly.”
It wasn’t a set law in my house to address adults by their formal titles. However, as I got older and found myself spending more and more time at my friends’ homes, I’d always call their parents by their “title” until they told me not to, then I wouldn’t. (However, still to this day there are some individuals that I will only call Mr. or Mrs.)
So, my pickle is this: When Lila and I are encountering friends, co-workers and the like – do I say, “Say hi to so-and-so, Lila!”? Or, should I be saying, “Say hi to Mr. So-and-so!”?
Thus far, I’ve forgone the title usage. I just feel like it’s so very formal for a 16-month-old. Am I alone? How did you grow up? How do you handle this with your children? How do you like to be referred to?
|As a child…|
|I always used formal titles.|
|I sometimes used formal titles.|
|Nope. Never. No titles.|
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