I've been reading a few post and have even written a few of my own and there's something that comes up a lot that I was curious about.
Some people don't believe that stepparents should be called mommy or daddy and I totally understand not making the children call them that especially if they have a relationship with the other parent. Here's my question.
1) What do you do if the child wants to call the stepparent that and is old enough to make that decision? Do you still tell them no?
2) How do you explain to a young child about stepparents? I don't believe telling them that they are a friend is a good idea because then they see them as peers when they aren't. Do you just let it go until they're old enough to understand?
3) What makes a stepparent? Marriage? What if the person the parent marries doesn't act like a stepparent but a boyfriend or girlfriend does? Who's the stepparent?
I definitely do not believe that parents should force their children to call the stepparent mommy or daddy, but how do you navigate such a sticky situation? I was just curious on everyone's take on this.