Every trade or specialty has its own set of unique words and definitions. Parenting is a highly technical job. Anyone who has ever seen an airplane’s control console, with it’s floor-to-ceiling constellation of buttons and switches, has looked at a metaphor for parenting.
In this new series, Parenterms, we’ll explore and clarify the specialized terms of parenting.
Here we have “smellcheck.” Similar to spellchecking, except the documents are clothes and the typos are horrible stenches. This word is not limited to parents, but they’re often more frequently called upon to perform this check; to see if something is wearable, needs another wash or needs to be melted in acid and never spoken of again.
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Words from the perspective of children.
Words are just fine, but these pictures are better.