This is not an etiquette question, just a subject I’d like to get others’ opinions on. I teach at a learning center for kids who have trouble with their school subjects (either English, math, or both). My employer, who’s a bit flaky anyway, has a habit I find really annoying, for some reason: she “gushes” all over the kids who attend, liberally using endearments like “honey,” “sweetie,” etc. (She calls the teachers these names, too—but since she does it with everyone, not just with me, I think it pointless to protest). I don’t know if she’s just trying to put them at ease, or to make up for any love she believes may be lacking in their home lives, but sometimes I wish she’d just stop! The boys don’t like it (I notice them squirming and looking away when she starts in on them), and one of my young pupils, who’s actually quite precocious, really hates to be gushed over (he's said so, though not to my employer). I myself always make it a point to “talk up” a bit to the students, but then I’ve never been the “touchy-feely” type when it comes to kids. (I don’t have any myself and don’t really want to). As I said, I’m not planning to tell her to change her behavior (that would be rude and uncalled for); I just wanted to hear others’ thoughts on this topic. In short, are you the “gushy” type or not when it comes to kids?