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.
anthropologist mom to O
(12-30-04) and R
(4-22-10) Married to my best friend
Last edited by jamieism; 03-23-2013 at 08:42 PM.