What To Call Parents

How many parents out there allow their children to call them by their first names?
I can certainly see that happening when a child reaches young adult stage, but there is something jarring about seeing a five year old refer to a parent by first name. I was at the mall the other day and I witnessed just such a scene. (One can make more observations of parenting styles and skills in any shopping center in ten minutes than by reading hundreds of articles or books.)

I assumed that the child was not indeed talking to her mother at first. It could easily have been an aunt or babysitter. As is inevitable when shopping with a kid, she wanted something that the adult told her she couldn’t have. Then the equally inevitable argument began with the child whining, “But Debbie (not the actual name), why can’t I have it?” That’s when the woman said, “Because I’m your mother and I said so.”

Is this the beginning of a new trend that I missed up until now?

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