Day 7 - Addressing "Grown-Ups"
What should we call grown-ups?
Well, it’s polite to use Mr. and Mrs. unless told otherwise. Titles are given to adults to show signs of respect and sometimes to acknowledge acts of accomplishment. For instance, we say Mr. or Sir to express our respect for an older man. We sometimes say Mrs. (if married) or Ms. (if unmarried) to show respect to an older woman. When someone receives his/her doctorate degree, we call him/her Doctor (Dr.) and then their last name. Titles are also given to family members to show love and affection. For instance, we say Aunt Mary or Uncle Bill or Grandma Madewell or Grandpa Hill. These titles let those around us know that they are our family and we are proud to announce to the world our relationship with them. They also make our family members feel important and loved.
When is it OK to call an adult by their first name? Well, families might have different rules when it comes to this, so be sure and check with your family concerning family traditions and such. Usually, it is not OK to call an adult by their first name unless they have asked or invited you to. Even though an adult has asked you to call them by their first name, may I suggest that you still clear it with your parents. Don’t worry, if it sounds a little complicated, but I bet you’re already doing these things. See you next time.