We talk to our neighbors frequently and are on a first name basis. Our toddler has now starting identifying them by first name.
I'm not sure if I should redirect him to address them as Mr. Last Name, Mr. First Name, or first name.
I would like him to have respect for adults, but at this point, the first name is all he can say. He is a late talker and doesn't pronounce most words correctly.
What are you teaching your younger toddlers?
We have just started to have ds call people by names with titles, but his language skills are just now very strong. Before now I think it would have been too much to ask as he was struggling just to get a name. We have decided to do Mr/Ms FirstName for the most part.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
We do first names, but we really only address people we like
I always felt it silly that I had to call someone something different from everyone else, and it embarrassed me growing up. If I'm comfortable enough with people to be calling them by their first name, dd will be too.
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If I call them by their first name, then so does DD. If I call them Mr/Mrs, then she does too. I'm personally not a fan of kids saying "Miss Jessica" or "Miss Patti". Especially if they are my friends! Call them what I call them. We do address relatives as Aunt/Uncle though.
Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn (5) and Finnley Dax (2) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!
aunts and uncles get aunt (or auntie) and uncle nickname, friends get first-name (except a few that get honorary aunt/uncle). we don't interact with people who need formal address enough for DD to call them anything.
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friends/aunts & uncles/close relatives are first name only... people who we aren't as close with we sometimes use "Miss/Mr Firstname"
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
DS is just starting to be interested in learning everyone's names. He calls family and our friends by whatever they prefer to be called (like my sister does not want to be called Aunt XX so just her first name). He calls the teachers in daycare by their first names and he refers to his daycare friends' moms/dads as so-and-so's mommy/daddy.
Mom to DS born 6/09 and DS2 born 6/12