WHY I HATE HEARING PEOPLE CALL THEIR LITTLE KIDS "BUDDY"
In fact I don't really know why this is; it's a visceral reaction, but here are some possibilities:
- •You gave them a real name, presumably; why not use it occasionally?Yes, people do come up with nicknames for their kids, but a little originality wouldn't hurt.
- •He's not your buddy.As in the snippet I heard on the street today, which was the trigger for this list: "Hey, buddy, I'm hungry so we're going to get something to eat, then we'll go shopping, don't be such a baby! " Not how you talk to a buddy. Talk about mixed messages, and the pot calling the kettle black.
- •If you think of your kid as your buddy, you are going to have a hard time providing the other aspects of parenting that kids require: role model, guide, advisor, figure of respect, spouse to the other parent (assuming it is a two-parent family).
- •What will you do when the only name he responds to is Buddy?Could be problematic at the end of the next birthday party when the parents arrive.
- •What are you going to do when you have a second kid?
- •The slight benefit for me when you call them this in public is that it provides a warning that I need to tune you out immediately so I don't have to suffer through whatever is coming next.
- •I had an uncle named Buddy, and that's what we called him. So lay off.