It's the little things...
Ok, maybe not things. Just thing.
I don't know about when I was really young, I don't remember much then, but I remember from about age 11-12, when I would meet a friend's parents, I would call them Miss Jane and Mr. John... or whatever their first names happened to be. It was a way to show respect with out being too formal. Some friends had parents that went by Mr & Mrs Lastname. That was a bit formal. Thru most of high school, we did away with our mom's names, and called the friend's mom "Mom". The dads usually stayed Mr. Firstname.
While at the BBQ, I found out that none of my friends have their kids do this... I don't know what they do, but this was not the norm. Traci even said that her kids only do it at the BBQ.
Hmm... if they don't do that, what do they call adult people who are not an Aunt or an Uncle? (Oh, we had some people that were very close friends of the family that we called Aunt and Uncle, and for a while, my oldest daughter called my best friend Aunt. We stopped talking when her boyfriend had a spat with StupidX... sheesh, men are such babies.) Anyway.... Hubby's parents claim it's a southern thing. There are lots of people here that do it, and I wouldn't call MD the heart of the south.
So, if it's the Miss, Mr thing, what else is there? I mean what else do I do that's different than what they do?
I know one thing, the little differences aren't that big of a deal. Even the big differences don't always matter much... We know we're different, and we accept those differences and we move on. Isn't that what friends do?
So, if your kids don't do the Mr. & Miss Firstname thing, what do they do?