Is it “Dad” or “John”

Some families noticed a not-so-subtle shift among teens who came together for family gatherings during the holidays: more kids are calling parents by their first names, instead of the traditional, “Mom” or “Dad.”

What formerly happened in isolated situations – after a divorce or other disruption that changed the family balance – is becoming more common.

Some observers say the “friend-like” terminology results from permissive parenting. Parents indicate it makes them feel like they are more “in touch” with their teen. But underneath, I wonder if, in our social media-driven universe, some moms and dads are simply searching for a realtime friend under their own roof.

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