Aloha Friday - Manners?

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
Then, link up with Kailani!

I know that not everyone says mam and sir...
So, I was wondering..

Do you teach your children to say "Mam" and "Sir"?
With that in mind... Where do you live?

My answer:

I am from Georgia... Born and raised.
We are taught to say sir and mam all the time.

Yes Sir, Yes Mam, Please and Thank You...
They all go together here, but I know other area's don't do that...

When younger, we also called our friends parents by their first name...
Like, Mr. Jimmy or Mrs. Debbie...
but always, there was a Mr. or Mrs. in front.

How about your area?


  1. I grew up in NY, where you didn't call people Miss Linda or Mr. Brian, for example, but if they were close friends, we commonly called them "Aunt" and "Uncle." Otherwise you used their first name or their last name with a title, depending on who they were.

    Now that I'm in Virginia, it's a whole different ballgame, and I'm still getting used to being called "Miss Melanie." I don't entirely like it, but when in Rome...!

  2. We live in Southern California and Mam or Sir But we do teach manners and to be polite. ;D
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  3. Hm. I'm a northern girl (Ohio and now Michigan!) and we never really did the sir/ma'am thing, but -- I could definitely tell a difference in our friendliness level between the midwest and the southwest, where I went to college/grad school. The southwest was laid back, but not especially friendly. I remember the first time my (ex)-husband came to the midwest with me and was weirded out by all the people randomly saying "hello!" when we went out walking!

    I love traveling and I'm a huge road trip fan and I'm checking the "states to visit" off my list as fast as I can, and I love/appreciate them all, but it's funny to see what others see/don't see as a part of their everyday life, isn't it?!

    -Karinya @ Unlikely Origins

  4. I don't have any kids yet, but I was taught to use yes sir and yes mam. I'm from MI but live in CA. It amazes me how kids out here are allowed to call adults by their first name.

  5. In Malaysia, we address our friends' parents and anyone older as 'Uncle' or 'Aunty'. I'm Aunty Veronica to my kids' friends.

    Happy Friday, Noelle!

  6. I am trying. I don't use them and so I don't think JDaniel hears it enough.

  7. Funny you mentioned this today. I just sent out and posted a video of Grant saying "bless you" after someone sneezes! He has also been taught Thank you, please, excuse me (for burps lol) and occasional your welcome. We are starting on the sir and mam but we will see. He is so shy so most of the time will not respond to people.
    And I have caught myself doing the "Mr" or "Ms" in front of adult's names. Wasn't sure if that is from my raising or just seems right LOL

  8. We live in NC, and my children say ma'am, sir, please, thank you - I do too, even to younger people serving me at restaurants, etc. My children are teens and they still address adults by Mr. or Ms. and their first name. I worked at a warehouse and the older employees were addressed the same way as a sign of respect. I'm curious about other areas, too.

  9. No, that's not a prominent thing here in PA - nor in the Seattle area where I grew up and where we'll be moving to. :) But I am making sure she says 'Yes, please' or 'No, thank you'. ;)

    Aloha: Weather

  10. I do not teach mam and sir but I am from Ohio, but manners are important so it is yes please and no thank you

  11. WE live in ohio...actually we have taught parker to call people Miss or Mr. so for example my friend Lani - he calls Ms. Lani.

    I am hoping as he get's older to get him more into the yes ma'am and yes sir

  12. It's not so big here- Illinois.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. I will probably just teach her Miss and Sir which is more common in Canada. She already uses them without much teaching from me.

    Happy Friday!

  14. We live in Illinois and no I do not teach my children to call ppl that. I do believe in manners and have had this discussion a lot. A lot of my friends require that their children call me Mrs. and I don't require my children to. However they will call their teachers Mrs. or our priest Father, etc... I have siblings that are very young and we don't call them Uncle's Aunt either. Interesting topic! )

  15. Nope, never did that. Up north, we're just rude. LOL

  16. Yes I teach my kids to say Sir and Ma'am and Thank you, Please and all of the manners.

    I dislike seeing a child who does not have these simple characteristics.

    I'll stare at my child until they ask they right way (my 6 yr old) because they know their manners and will not get away with just demanding things from me.

    Great question!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  17. I am very strict about manners but we don't use those terms a lot here (in Missouri). I do teach them to address adults as Mrs. or Mr. XX and to use Mam or Sir as a fall back if they don't know the last names. I don't like when children use first names for adults unless the adult has said it's acceptable -- since that is the way I was raised :-)

  18. Having my kids grow up in Connecticut, maam and sir wasn't really popular, but you better believe that they ALWAYS said please, thank you, and excuse me. I have to say that I was always glad to hear from my sons' teachers and the parents of their friends that my boys were some of the most polite children ever - that is one of the best things, in my opinion, that a parent can hear. Now my oldest is constantly saying Yes, Sir, the good little Army brat!!

  19. None of that here. In our part of New York we usually call adults by their first name, unless they prefer to be called Mr/Mrs instead. We always say please, thank you, may I, and other items like that.

  20. I don't ... but I do teach them to say Mr/Mrs Smith.


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