I found the condescending part above quite humorous.
When you Google the term "Littles", the following is the result:
A series of children's novels " The Littles" by John Peterson
I like the kitty...that is all
An animated series based on "The Littles"
I personally think the characters look a LOT like mice or rats...nice huh? Just what I want to refer to my kids as, let alone other peoples kids!
When you Google the term Littles WITH the word Blog, you get the following:
A Blog called Life with Littles: Anything but sugar-coated parenting - citizen blog
BLECK...love how the kids are looking clinging and annoying, and the mother visibly throwing her hands up!
Another Blog called Life With My Littles
A compilation of parenting, religion, cloth diapers, and military.
BTW...the blog above has over 1800 followers, mine has 120, perhaps I am missing something.
A Pediatric Office in Oregon named
Can you imagine saying, oh yeah, I have an appointment at "Littles" with Dr. Chris. ???
If you Search the word Littles in Kelle Hamptons' blog
you get page, after page, after page, of blog posts with the word Littles in it
Kelle's blog BTW was the first blog where I noticed the RAMPANT use of the word I have come to abhor. Now since she has a mere 17,000 followers (give or take ;) ), perhaps that is why I have seen an influx in the blogs using the word to describe their kids.
Just to make sure I wasn't being a hypocrite, I searched my own blog for the word "littles" no search results came up, but there will be after I hit the publish button. CRAP ;)
Ok, so this all being said, there are many things that you can call your child:
I went to thesaurus.com
child [chahyld] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Definition:||very young person|
|Synonyms:||adolescent, anklebiter, babe, baby, bairn, bambino, brat, cherub, chick, cub, descendant, dickens, imp, infant, innocent, issue, juvenile, kid, kiddie, lamb, little angel, little darling, little doll, little one, minor, mite, moppet, neonate, nestling, newborn, nipper, nursling, offspring, preteen, progeny, pubescent, shaver, small fry, sprout, squirt, stripling, suckling, tadpole, teen, teenager, teenybopper, toddler, tot, tyke, urchin, whippersnapper, young one, youngster, youth|
Hmmm...Surprise, Littles is not a synonym that is listed.
Although I am NOT sure I would like to call my kid a brat, mite, moppet, shaver, stripling, urchin, or bairn.
I do tend to call my kids the following, in no real order:
1.By their names
2. The Boys
6. "Hey You"
Occasionally: Punk, Wingnut,Whinebag, or by the wrong name ;)
So, in an effort to obliterate this term from being used to refer to kids, children, tots, babies, cherubs, etc. I am asking you to pass this post along, to spread the word, and try and refrain from using the word yourself.
Think about it... I mean, if you were a kid, would you want to be called a "little", when all you really wanted to be was big?
If I have offended you, if you are a user of this word I hate, please know that this is just my opinion, and like this says
Now, please excuse me as I step off of my soapbox.