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  1. She is an adult but still likes things.
  2. He always has his face in a magazine.
  3. Bodybuilders try to their bodies with weight training.
  4. My dad tried to me into a career in law.
  5. She was a and not into girlie things.
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1087 Tomboy

Rebecca talks about growing up as a tomboy and what made her change.

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stuck in a book

I was always stuck in a book.

When you are stuck in a book that means you read very seriously and do not notice other things around you. We joke the person is 'stuck' because perhaps they are reading with their nose very close to the book. Notice the following:

  1. On the weekend I love to just get stuck in a book for hours.
  2. That child is always stuck in a book. He needs to play more.


I was a tomboy as a child.

A tomboy is a girl or young woman who acts just like a boy or a man. A tomboy usually dresses like a boy and likes things boys do. Here are two examples.

  1. She had three older brothers, so she grew up a tomboy.
  2. As a child she was a tomboy, but now she is very feminine.

girlie things

I was interested in girlie things.

Girlie things are things girls traditionally like, such as dolls, dresses and make-up. Notice the following:

  1. She is always buying girlie things like perfume and make-up.
  2. As a boy growing up, he secretly liked girlie things.

steer (someone to something)

As a parent you steer you children to like things you do.

When you steer something, you control it by moving a handle, like a steering wheel in a car. So when you steer a person, you try to make them behave in your interest. Notice the following:

  1. His father steered him to a career in business, but he wanted to be a musician.
  2. His friends steered him into a life of crime.

sculpt (someone)

As a parent you kind of sculpt them.

A sculpture is a piece of art that is made my hand. So when we sculpt people, we try to make them into something we want them to be. Notice the following:

  1. Parents often try to sculpt their children into successful adults.
  2. It is harmful to try to sculpt children into people they do not want to be.