What do you think? Is it inappropriate for kids to refer to adults as hey guy or other references such as boss, chief or bro?
When my kids are rude to adults I think it is a direct reflection on me, and so I try to correct them when I see it happening. I want them to grow up with an old-fashioned sense of respect for peers and elders alike. On the same token, every geographic region has their colloquialisms and every generation has their slangisms. Denying my little Gen Z-ers the opportunity to explore their wicked-cool culture seems like an unfortunate move.
I remember the first time, at the age of 15 I said gag me with a spoon to my dad. He gave me a look of complete suprise and then cracked a smile. He understood that this was as much a part of my growing up experience as were the 5¢, “nickel” Dr. Peppers he bought as a boy growing in Conroe.
My dad was never gonna let me wear a punk-rockified trash bag to school, but he, like, totally let me dip my toe in the water of the American sociolect of Valspeak.
A couple months ago, I was driving in the car with my tween and initiated a converation with her about something somewhat irrelevant. For about the fifteenth time in as many days, she says to me (intending no harm, of course), well that was totally random.
So, I said to my tween, could you not ever tell me something I say is totally random again. I mean, ever. Like, as long as you totally live?
She gave me a complete look of surprise, cracked a smile and said OOOOKKKAAAAYYY then.
Are you there, Dad? It’s me, Jenni.