Parents and calling their children buddy. It seems that the more parents treat their children like friends, the more unfriendly the world becomes.

While at a recreational facility the other day, I overheard a mother call her six-year-old son “bud.” No, I don’t think that was his name and he wasn’t a beer. Rather, the woman was exhibiting what, at least in my area (NY), has become a meme: addressing your child as “buddy.”

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