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Say what? You're calling my kid a simp?

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Many parents might be unfamiliar with the word "simp," but chances are your tween or teen has used or at least heard the term. Simp is slang for a person (typically a man) who is desperate for the attention and affection of someone else (typically a woman).

"He told me, 'It basically means that I'm just being nice to girls because I like them,'" she said.

"You do all these things as a parent to raise your kid right, to be nice to everyone, especially kids without many friends," Shannon said.

"I asked my kids what they thought it meant and my son said, 'It's basically if you had $1,000 and you could do anything with it, you'd use it to get the attention of a girl — then everyone would make fun of you. "

While she said her son wasn't being called a simp in the thread, McClung said she's "curious to see how it impacts my son because he's very chivalrous by nature. "

One way to think of a simp, said Sean Davis, a marriage and family therapist in Sacramento, California, is "simply someone who is ahead of their time. "

"Though it hurts in the moment, in the big picture, a boy who is called a 'simp' can wear it as a badge of honor," Davis said.

It's important for parents to remember that there have always been new slang terms to navigate for kids and parents alike, Capinas said, and the goal is to "make sure it's being received in a playful manner and used playfully. "

If someone is being called out for always "simping the girls," Capinas said, "he could turn it around and say 'It's tough being the lone soldier simp nice guy, who wants to join me?'"

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