08/13/2012 06:13 pm ET

More Than A Son, He's My Buddy

Spend enough time at the playgrounds of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, on a typical summer morning and you’ll eventually hear every conceivable nickname for a toddler: Bobo, Little Man, Monster Face.

But for all the individuality on display (ask a parent about a nickname and you’re guaranteed an adorable back story), the one term heard far more than any other is generic, reflexive and not particularly creative. It might also have the most to say about modern approaches to parenting.

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