In other countries, kids address their parents using their first names while not so much in India. I am not in favor of addressing them by their first names? What are your opinions parents?
I think we are brought up in a way where addressing someone who is elder to you is not favoured. I am youngest in my family and have always addressed my elders brothers with their first names. We have difference of 9 and 7 years between us. And I am sure when I pronounce their names it hardly sound awkward to me but other people do not take it as sportingly. Now, that I am in my thirties and they in their 40s so difference kind of has fused but while growing up, our relatives would have long discussions over how being so many younger to my brothers I still not mannered enough not to call them by their names. So, you can very well imagine, how it would be if kids start calling their parents with their names in India! My daughter sometimes playfully call me by my name copying her father, but yes, I would prefer her calling me mummy, maa than my name.Read more
I agree. kids need to know that each one needs to be treated with respect. they need to know that there are higher official who require to be given respect by calling them Sir, your honor, ma'am, doctor etc. will they call such person also by their name? parents teach a lot of life skills from home itself. Indian culture requires that people should show respect even when their names are used....in Hindi we use terms like Aap, saheb, huzoor, instead of the standard English You, for everything and everyone. these differences need to be understood by kids and implemented. but that happens when we as parents set right example.Read more
I'll agree with you here. In fact, I am also not in favour of addressing parents by their first or any other name. While I truly am a friend to my daughters, there is also a side of me where I am strictly a mommy first. I personally feel that as long as we keep a clear understanding of the parent child relationship, it fosters better respect. Of course in today's parenting world, we're all friends to our kids, but we're parents first, so sticking to the age-old ma papa still makes sense to me :)Read more