The Terms We Are Given

Miss Priss.

Is this a term of endearment?

Makes me wonder more & more about the things we call one another. Sometimes it truly does mean that you are liked, well thought of, “have it all.” More often, however, terms like these come across as hostile, unhappy, envious, or just plain mean-spirited to the person that hears them. With my children I’ve tried my hardest to correct and explain my terms of both endearment & chastising so that, not just my boys, but ALL children I am around understand what I mean, as well as my intentions. How are we to know? How is one to guess…ask, asking, and accepting the responses are the only ways I’ve found, that actually work, in my few years as a grownup.

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