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Not long ago I met my friend’s young children for the first time.
Now it’s quite common for kids to call their parents’ friends aunty and uncle.
This 9 year old was different. After his mum asked him to say hello to aunty, his reply instantly was ‘She’s not my aunty!’
I can’t say he was wrong at all! I am certainly not related to him in any way.
My friend looked a bit shocked and embarrassed so I just calmly said to him ‘That’s fine, call me Mrs. S’

And that’s what he’s been happily calling me since.

The way kids relate to people can be so interesting at times!


Posted anonymously, 16th April 2014


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  • I thought calling parents friend s Aunty and Uncle was something that happened when I was a kid, didn’t realise it still happened. I’ve always been called by my first name as I’m not even a ‘Mrs’

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  • nice story for read

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  • the story is exellent

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  • yes when i was a kid i was forced to call certain parents friends aunty, and some i didnt mind because we saw them everyday, but others we only saw once every year or two and it was kind of distressing i remember, but not sure why. it just didnt feel right i guess.

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  • lol it is just a mark of respect and familiarity though

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  • Interesting, still at least he’s happy to call you Mrs S.

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  • My daughter used to have a habit of making new names for people. For example she started calling one of her friends Toby when his name was Ash.

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  • I don’t believe that kids should call their parents friends aunty or uncle but thats just me.
    We never done it as children and i think sometimes it could actually offend the actual aunty or uncle as i know i would be if my niece or nephew just went round calling lots of people that.
    Im sure others have different views but this is just mine.

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  • I have been brought up calling people aunty and uncle and that’s what I been teaching my 4 year old daughter. The first time I heard her calling one of my friends by the name I was shocked too. But I am used to it now. My daughter will call close relatives “uncle and aunty” but will call others by their name. Also I notice she will address her teachers at preschool by Mr or Ms and first name not surname that’s how they train them at the preschool.

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  • I think that was a perfectly reasonable reaction from the kid, and your response was perfect.

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  • I love it when children use tittles, it shows respect. I am in a difficult position though because my sister in law lets her kids call us by our first name even though my kids call her aunt. It gets confusing but we have different opinions on this.

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  • I have brought my kids up to call people Mr/Mrs Surname but I’ve noticed that in the last few years, it’s swapped to just a first name basis. Even at school the students are calling their teachers by their first names now.

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  • I was also brought up to call people by their surname, followed by their title Mrs,
    Ms, Miss, Mr etc. I think this is lovely and polite.

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  • My kids call my close friends Aunty and Uncle out of respect any one else is Mr Miss or Mrs x . My 30 year old still to this day calls them Aunty and uncle

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