This may not be happening where you are now, but I am noticing it in various places. I am finding more and more that children are calling me only by my first name.
I remember as a child that you would always address adults by their title, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Rev., etc, and their surname (last name). As my generation aged, they began to tell children that “Mr. Smith” was their father and to call them “Mr. John” and after a while, culture shifted and it became acceptable for children to call adults by their title and their first name.
Now I find children calling me solely by my first name and it surprises me. After a while I realized that most of the children were not meaning to be disrespectful, it is simply that they hear their parents, and other adults, referring to other adults in their presence solely by their first name. When I reference other adults while talking to children I always refer to them by their title and first or last name depending on the situation.
Have you noticed this trend of children calling adults by their first name alone?
Do you see it as disrespect or as a cultural shift?