I have something that's bothered me a bit for the last couple of years.
It's not really a big deal. I almost feel silly for bringing it up when there are much more important things to care about. But it's a pet peeve and you know how those work. They gnaw at you and poke you in the side so you are just slightly annoyed by them every time they happen. My biggest driving pet peeve is people who try and pass others on the right. Cant. Stand. It. I am that person that purposely speeds up so that you can't pass me on the right. Just stay in your lane and I will kindly get over to let you pass!!!
Now that I'm sufficiently worked up, here's my pet peeve: I cannot stand it when children call adults by their first names. I think it's inappropriate and it makes me feel weird to be addressed by my first name in a teeny tiny 3 year old voice. And placing a "Mrs." or a "Mr." in front of a first name doesn't make it any better. Calling me "Mrs. Joanne" is really not that much better than addressing me by solely my first name. If I could, I'd have my kids call all adults by their proper salutation and LAST name. I did this growing up and it wasn't too hard. Why is it so hard to continue that with this generation of kids?
It's hard to address this pet peeve because many times adults will introduce themselves to my children with their first name. I cringe every time it happens. But if the adult wants to be called that, who am I to say otherwise? I feel inappropriate saying, "I'm sorry, we only address adults by last names. Can she call you Mrs. Smith instead?" So I usually just grin and bear it. Whenever we meet an adult to whom I am introducing my kids, I always make sure to introduce them with their last name. I just feel it's common courtesy to address adults this way.
What do you think? Am I being old-fashioned to require this of my kids? Should I be more bold and tell other adults that introduce themselves with their first name that our family only uses last names to address adults? And what do I do if someone introduces me to their child as "Mrs. Joanne?" Is it rude to correct them and say I prefer to go by my last name? I'd love to hear what other think about this.