To Sir with Love

How should your kids address adults in this age of blended families and mingled surnames?

When I was a kid, the world of grownups was full of mysterious delights, like drinking coffee, staying up late and using swear words. Adults had first names, but no one under 21 knew what they were because back then, grownups were part of a Mr.-and-Mrs. package. Your friend's parents might have been Ginny and Stan, but for you they were Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, and they would remain so forever. Now, though, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are divorced. Mrs. Peterson is remarried but uses her maiden name. Mr. Peterson and his new wife just had a baby and are hyphenating.


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