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May 8th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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I have stepparents. Stepmom and stepdad are not bad words. That's what they are. I have a mom, and had a dad before he died, and they were in my life, so when they remarried their partners became my stepmom and stepdad. Had one of my parents not been in the picture, I may have called one of my stepparents Mom or Dad, but that wasnt the case. I called them by their first names, and referred to them as my stepmom or stepdad. Nothing insulting or replacing or unequal or indequate about it - they are just the terms that society understands , no need to complicate things IMO.
If my husband had children from a former relationship, they would be my stepchildren. I did not give birth to them, nor adopt them, if they had a mom alive and in their life she would be Mom, not I. If their mother was not in the picture and I adopted them, then I would be their Mom - unless that was the case I would be their stepmom and I don't see anything wrong with that.

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