Sorry, I got busy, wasn't ignoring y'all.<quoted text>While I was never taught to spit out the sirs snd maams, I kinda fell into the habit in college just because I had a friend who tossed out a 'yes sir' or 'no sir' in casual conversation. Kinda rubbed off on me. So I'm certainly not knocking it, but are you really saying you consider it rude to NOT speak that way?
I don't necessarily consider it rude not to use sir and ma'am ever, but there are a lack of manners up here in general. 7 year olds should not be talking to me like I am a peer.
I had a boss who would actually yell at me for saying "yes ma'am" in the office. She was a whack job, though.
FTR (this is responding to JMW's comment, but i'm too lazy to find it), I will often respond to a question from the boys with "yes, sir". Doesn't mean I think I'm of lower stature that my 8 or 5 year old, I'm just modeling how to be polite. They also ask why I always call my husband "my love" instead of his name. It's just the way we talk in this house.