Saturday, January 12, 2013

'Extended' versus 'Term'

The words we use in our daily life portrays our views & feelings regarding a plethora of things.  Inadvertently, we may be projecting ideas and thoughts that we have not intended.

With this in mind, I've tried to be very conscious of the words I use and how they may impact people's perceptions of my parenting choices.

Extended

I've been a self-professed 'extended breastfeeding' mama.  I'm sure you've seen this phrase come up on my blog a time or two...

Lately, I've been thinking of the unintentional impact that 'extended' has on my peers... or really, anyone who happens upon my blog.

When you read 'extended' you think "beyond the norm".  Which, inadvertently, makes you think "this is not normal".  Which is exactly what I'm not trying to do.

What am I doing to change this?  I am trying to make the conscious effort to use 'term breastfeeding'.  Sounds a little more mainstream?  A little less "beyond the norm"?  Doesn't it?

Term breastfeeding is nursing your child until mutually desired by nursling and mother... it just takes away from the "beyond the norm" connotation of 'extended'. 

What words do you use in your daily life, that upon further reflection muddle what your intended message was/is?

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