The Name Game
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The terms people use to refer to one another really matter. A stepparent would love to be called "Mom" or "Dad," but children may feel uncomfortable calling them that. On the other hand, kids don't want to hurt the feelings of their biological parents so they may use one term in public and another in private. So, parents, here's what you do. Give children your permission to use the labels that are most comfortable to them. Don't force them to use your label. Be okay with theirs.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
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