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So, some language that always troubles me as a youth advocate is exactly that: when a parents, teacher, coach or other person says something about "their" teens.

It just feels a whole lot like claiming ownership in a way that isn't empowering to young people. I'd, personally, feel a lot better about language like, "my son," "my daughter," "my teen students," and so on. Language that sounds, to me, more like acknowledging the relationship, and less like an ownership thing.

But you know, even though this bothered me when I was a young person myself, I'm far from that anymore.

So, I'm wondering if this kind of language bothers any of YOU, or if I'm perhaps projecting at this point?

Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
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