When I started teaching one of the things that I remember the most is when my students first called me, Mrs. Tuttle. I had been married for a few years so it wasn't just the name, but the fact that they weren't supposed to call me Ms. Melissa or just Melissa. It seemed so formal! Of course in school I believe that the formality is needed in order to teach students respect and now it doesn't even phase me.
Out of school though, my kids usually address my friends or other adults as Mr. or Ms. and their first name. This is how I always addressed adults when I was growing up and it never seemed to be a problem. Matter of fact our relatives in Michigan thought it was funny because everybody just addressed everybody by their first name no matter what your age. However, Dave was telling me that he was taught to address adults by their title and then last name. He still often refers to the parents of his childhood friends as Mr. and Mrs. last name.
We have decided to allow Dylan and Zoe to address adults by their title and then first name (of course not their teachers), but I'm curious. How do you teach your students to address adults? Using their title and first name? Title and last name? By their first name? Does it differ depending on how close they are with your family or their age? I can't wait to read your comments!!