kids who call their parents sir/ma'am

Miracle - posted on 01/20/2018 ( 13 moms have responded )

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was at the mall with my kids and there was a family in the store with us. the kid called his father sir every single time and called his mother "ma'am". the family was white and the parents were older so that could be why. i think that calling parents out of the name "mom/dad" is so useless . does anyone even do this anymore ?

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Ev - posted on 01/22/2018

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Miracle--Sir and Ma'am is the best of manners and respect. It did not die out in the 1800's. They used it extensively into the 20th and even 21st centuries. Also just because you live in a city does not make it odd to hear either. I grew up in the country and now live in the city. I use sir or ma'am in my job where my bosses are concerned or the customer's are concerned unless told to call them otherwise. It is one of those things that are becoming lost because people are loosing their use of manners or are not being taught it. My son and daughter called me ma'am and their dad sir.

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2018

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Nope. In Australia it's not done at all though. We always call our parents Mum and Dad and that's what we are called.

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Miracle - posted on 01/22/2018

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no ev i dont think only people in the 1800s used sir/ma'am. i think its old school to call your parents that. and i didnt say i didnt hear it cuz i lived in a city. more that i live in the north.

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2018

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As Catholics we address out Pastor as "Father Andrew" in subsequent conversations it would be "Yes Sir" and "No Sir" or "yes Father and no Father". My kids actually have extended conversations with their priests and to say "Father Andrew" would get quite tedious; and proper etiquette dictates "sir" as appropriate.

Miracle - posted on 01/22/2018

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i only think its dated to call parents that, not anyone else. also, why do ur kids call the pastor sir? never heard of that. everybody call my pastor by his title , which is reverend

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2018

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I don't think it is it dated at all; I find it refreshingly courteous. My kids refer to the pastor, their teachers, professors and other senior people this way. I like it. As far as addressing me and their dad like this? Not necessary but I would not think it odd. I don't live in a rural community; just on the NW suburbs of Chicago.

Miracle - posted on 01/21/2018

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lol honey i never said it was a "bad thing" i live in new york and never hear this. i thought it went out in like the 1800s. i didnt even argue. youre imagining things.

Ev - posted on 01/21/2018

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Miracle--I did not say that. I said that calling a parent sir or ma'am was not a bad thing and does teach kids respect not only for parents but for others. I already have my kids' respect in more than just that of a parent.

I think you are just looking for another place to argue with me.

Miracle - posted on 01/21/2018

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ev theres already natrual respect from child to parent. making ur kids call u ma'am wont make them respect u more.

Ev - posted on 01/21/2018

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Calling parents sir or ma'am is ot a bad thing. It is a sign or respect and how the parents want the children to understand the way things should be.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2018

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Every family is different. I was "mama" and my hubby was "papa" for a long time. Probably in junior high or HS my kids switched to "mom" and "pops". I do expect them to use Ma'am and SIr when speaking to their superiors at school or church.

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