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    Default stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    What does this "stamp" mean here?

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    ex)At some point, these days, a parent realizes his or her child is tending left. The parent panics. Will the child be made fun of? Struggle with writing? Be left out? In the past, the parent would have done everything possible to exorcise the tendency. Today, more and more parents shrug their shoulders, saying itís okay, maybe even something special.
    Or their attempts to discourage it are milder. This is not an isolated reaction. Itís part of the larger trend toward
    . From giving children extra time to develop into kindergarteners to accommodating their vegetarian appetites, parents today are taking their cues from children, rather than the other way around. Left-handedness is just the tip of the iceberg ― in todayís world, parenting is about letting your child develop into his or her own person, not about trying to stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    (not a teacher)

    I reckon it's being used in the sense of 'to stomp' (figuratively, of course).
    At any rate, it's just meant to convey the idea of forcibly making a child conform.

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    "Stamping" is a manufacturing process.

    Stamping (metalworking) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    I can't believe people still find something "wrong" about being left-handed. When I read the first sentence, I thought conservative parents were upset that their children were straying toward the liberal side of politics!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Stamping" is a manufacturing process.

    Stamping (metalworking) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But doesn't one typically stamp the desired object with a mold?

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.

    It is an odd choice of words. To stamp into a mold of conformity. Maybe "model" was meant instead of "mold."

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    Default Re: stamp him or her into a mold of conformity.


    That would make a bit more sense

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