I rarely re-blog anything, but this is EXACTLY what I needed to read today. I will be following this blog a little more closely moving forward… Great read!
When my stepson was in elementary school, our home was always full of neighborhood kids after school. One night, while I was cooking dinner, a few of them wandered into the kitchen to see what I was making. One of the more precocious boys commented on what an awesome mom I was – and my stepson was quick to correct him: “She’s not my mom!” His friend was confused, and began to list off all of the “mom” things I do: cook, clean, laundry, buy toys (lol)… Finally, the boy scrunched up his little face and announced, “You’re just like a mom, so I will call you SCH-mom!” It was stinkin’ cute.
What to call (and not to call!) stepparents is a big hairy deal for many families. My stepkids have always called me by my first name; in fact, my stepson used to tell people, “This is my Brandi”…
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