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jrb, I have two young boys now and am thinking more increasingly about the model I'm providing for my children. The oldest is two-and-a-half and he's already parroting many of my verbal behaviors (as well as the physical gestures of SpiderMan). I'm erring on the side of generosity at the moment, but I struggle with the impersonality of handing over some bills and being done with it. I've started introducing myself and asking the person's name, so that, at the least, there's a bit of acknowledgment about being a person -- including myself.