I'm currently working on something which is past tense and close third person POV - my MC is a teen girl and some scenes are with her family (mom, dad and siblings). Now, with siblings I can just tag them with their name and that's fine, when my MC is dealing directly with her parents she refers to them as Mom and Dad - and when talking to others about her parents, they are 'My mom' and 'My dad' - that's all fine. The problem I'm having is that the scene where we meet the MC's parents and I'm detailing what they are doing, I've written their actual names. A friend pointed out to me that I need to change the parents names in every instance to be 'Mom' and 'Dad' because the story is from MC's POV - but it's not first person and if I go through and change all the John and Jane to Dad and Mom it feels wrong! Is my friend right? Should the mom and dad always be Mom and Dad or can they sometimes be referred to by their first names? Does using their first names only work when there's a narrator? Am I even asking an answerable question? Can someone just stand behind me while I type and whisper all the changes I need to make? The more I look for what needs fixing the more I confuse myself!! I swear I start of with rules to apply to my writing and I end up questioning that I'm even writing in English.