So, I'm really wishy washy when it comes to stuff I don't know anything about so I am not 100% committed to my thoughts in this post.
Originally Posted by AnalogWife
To me, saying "Buddy" sorta puts the child on your equal and adult wavelength, not as your little coddling. It's an arms-length term of endearment.
...that this isn't your baby, your child, the fruit of your loins, the light of your life, this is your buddy and you love this buddy.
I think.... and of course, I'm just guessing and I know everyone who may use the term has their own reasons and most likely it's cause they love their 'little buddy'.....
Buddy is most commonly used by fathers toward their sons as a term of endearment because anything more affectionate, such as honey, sweetie, sugar plum, cutie pie, sweetums, darling, dear son, etc. would not be approved of in this society because it's not 'manly' enough.