This isn’t anything new. He always calls me kiddo. It’s his thing. The weird part is that, out of the blue, it pissed me off.
I thought, “He is three years older than me. What the heck?”
So I gave this friend of mine some feedback and told him to stop. Then I thought about the reasons why it bugged me.
- Kiddo makes me feel dumb.
- I heard kiddo throughout my career from men and women in HR who wanted to put me in my place.
- Kiddo is a dismissive word used to tell an entire story about power and control in two syllables.
I also know that kiddo is an affectionate term, too, so I’m not too upset. My friend loves me. He would never offer anything but support and kindness.
So I wonder what you hear when someone says kiddo? Do you call anyone kiddo? Are there other terms or phrases you’ve heard that drive you crazy?