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Old 03-23-2013, 08:39 PM   #26
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I think I said in my original response that I didn't think this was the OPs intention so I am a little surprised at the defensiveness. No offense was intended.

I wasn't trying to nitpick so much as say that I think words matter.

I have had similar kinds of semantics pointed out to me (eg the difference between praising behavior and praising the child "great job" vs "good boy") and I found it useful even if I sometimes forget to choose my words well.

ETA I am sorry you took offense but I don't believe I was really off topic as the subject line was about raising a more masculine boy.
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