The other night we were visiting with a friend during dinner at his house, when my eight year old son jumped into the conversation and called our 39 year old friend by his first name. It was something along the lines of, “Sure, Chad.”
Although we allow the kids to call our oldest friends by their first name, we have a rule that most people go by Mr. or Mrs. followed by their last name. It keeps things easy and consistent.
My husband quickly corrected our boy and said, “You need to address adults as Mr. or Mrs., buddy. It shows respect.”
And, as our son turned to leave the room he rolled his eyes at his dad, let out a big sigh and said, “Whatever, Mike.”