How do your kids address adults? Talk amongst yourselves.
David's quandary got me thinking about how children should address adults. My kids address the parents of their friends by their first names (because that's how the parents introduce themselves), but I insist that they use "Mr." and "Mrs." with elderly people and adults they don't know well. It gets us funny looks, but I think it's an important reminder to kids that a certain measure of respect simply comes with age.
It amazes me that the custom of addressing adults respectfully has all but died out in a single generation. When I was a kid, I NEVER used my friends' parents first names. My mom, despite being a laid-back, friendly, casual person, felt uncomfortable when my friends called her by her first name.
And yet, I don't want to be called "Mrs. Dornfest." I expect the respect, but I don't feel comfortable with the formality. Do these things go hand-in-hand?