Both my husband and I grew up with military fathers.
My dad didn’t enforce any rules about me calling him ‘sir’ and my mom ‘ma’am’. While my father-in-law was the opposite, I can appreciate how his sons still show him this form of respect.
My boys are pretty good about having good manners – saying ‘please,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘ thank you.’ Yet, the jury is still out for me as to whether or not I want my boys to call me ma’am and their father sir…. AALLL the time. I have required them to say it when I’m talking business though. Is this mainly a southern thing? What are your thoughts?