Post # 1
This came up as a topic of conversation today with my friends and I. I know a lot of people refer to their parent’s friends as aunt/uncle or mr/mrs/ms. Are there any others? I’m one of those people that separates friends and family, but on the other hand- I grew up with severl non blood aunts and uncles myself. So I’m not quite sure where I lean just yet.
Post # 3
Whatever my friend is comfortable with. If they want to be Auntie/uncle, Mr/Mrs or their firstname, whatever they feel is most comfortable to them.
Post # 4
I think aunt/uncle are only for family and true aunts/uncles. My kids will call my friends by Mr/Mrs or just my their first name – whichever they prefer.
Post # 5
My closest friend my son will (mind you he is 22 months here)call her auntie such n such. Any other friends just by their name. I don’t see a need for any other unless they are very close friend. And my closest friend and I are like sisters. Her daughters who are 17 and 19 just call me my name.
Post # 7
For the most part, my daughters call my friends by their first name, unless they are a close friend. If they are involved in my child’s life and see them and support them, than they are called aunt or uncle.
Post # 8
Probably auntie/uncle. I grew up calling family friends auntie and uncle, and it worked out fine. Mrs./Mr. seems too formal, and I’m not in love with small children calling parent-aged people by their first names (although if my friends preferred that, I’d be fine with it).
Post # 9
I just called my parents’ friends by their first names, but that’s all I call my aunts and uncles by. Some of my cousins refer to my parents as “Aunt Jane,” and “Uncle John,” but I guess we were never told to do that growing up (and personally do not find it a sign of disrepect to not).
If we have kids, I think that only very close friends will be referred to as aunt/uncle, otherwise by their first names. My cousin is pregnant right now, and is just having a few close friends, myslef, and my sister refer to ourselves as aunties.
Post # 10
I’m Asian – and I’m an only child anyway – so my friends are all going to be aunties and uncles. Actually, my half Italian friend Laura is going to be zia and my Filipino best friend will be tito…or ninong, whichever he prefers. 🙂 We don’t do first names because it’s disrespectful in our culture.
Post # 11
Whatever it is, it won’t be by their first name. I would expect Miss First Name when younger and Miss/Mrs./Mr. Last Name when older.
I never felt comfortable as a kid calling adults by just their first name. Even my friends I’ve had for a long time, I still call their parents Mrs and Mr. Last Name.
Post # 12
@missfrillycoat: I have 4 siblings so I feel that the aunt and uncle titles are reserved for them. Two of my friends have children who call me aunt and while I don’t mind, it certainly isn’t necessary. Both of them are from the Caribbean and they told me it’s a Caribbean thing. I have no idea if that’s accurate or not, lol. My kids will either call my friends by their first names or Mr./Mrs. depending on my friends’ comfort level.
Post # 13
I’m pretty sure I just called adults by their first names as a kid. Our kids will likely call our good friends Auntie/Uncle Firstname (FI’s best friend and his wife refer to us as Auntie Vorpalette and Uncle Coach) or just Firstname.
Post # 14
Growing up I called all of my parents’ friends “Miss First Name” or “Mr First Name” It’s a sign of respect but still somewhat casual and it’s super cute in my opinion lol.
My friends are definitely “Aunt and Uncle” type of people so I’ll probably get sucked into that. FI and I have one sister each but we have a ton of aunts ourselves so our kids will just have a lot of people to sort through lol
Post # 15
@missfrillycoat: A lot of people I know insist that their child call me Ms (First name). It annoys the heck out of me! It reminds of the way black people used to have to address white people, even though I know its meant more like an informal formality or something like that.
Post # 16
Our friends will be addressed as “Aunt So and So” or “Uncle So and So”. That’s how we were brought up. For their friends’ parents, it’s probably going to be “Mrs. So and So” or “Mr. So and So”.