I spent some fun time this week doing some girl-shopping (more on that in another post).
One stop included a nifty little dress shop with a fun little bonus: the owner's 3 year old son. His name was Max (he told me so) but after just spending a little time with him, I get the feeling Max could also go by 'Ring-tailed Tooter'.
Not that Max (or RT, for short) was a bad kid, or anything, but what are you going to do with a 3 year old boy in a dress shop with a bunch of women?
I'll just say this, and move on: although I'm sure his mom had a fantastic stash of toys in the back room, RT had found a bungee cord to play with and it was The. Best. Thing.
RT seemed to take a shining to me (I guess I reek of Little Boy) and at one point asked my name.
I was a bit at a loss for how to answer. Not that this is usually a difficult question, mind you. At least, not coming from an adult. But coming from a child... well... what do you say?
We teach our kids to call non-family adults by Mr. or Miss and their first name. They see Miss Danielle at the library, and Miss Christy at church, and address their friends' Dad as 'Mr. Bill'. There are some exceptions: some people, because of age or formality or other reasons do end up getting called by Mr. or Miss and their last name, and most of the men at church are 'Brother' this or that.
In general, last names all the time seems too formal, and first names only seems too informal, so we go for somewhere in between.
How do you teach your kids to address adults?