Kosodachi 子育ち

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Jan 22, 2014 23:13
In Japanese, parenting is "kosodate" (子育て). "Kosodate" is a derivative of a transitive verb. The word implies that you, as a parent, have to raise your children. It is you who are responsible for your children's development.

All these sound quite right. But, let's think about it. You can't really lengthen your child's spine. You can't really make you child start speaking. You can't really make you child start walking. All of these development happens spontaneously.

I would propose a new word instead of kosodate. It's "kosodachi" (子育ち), which is a derivative of intransitive verb. It simply states that children grow up. This is true, isn't it?

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