As you know, I'm a writer. I'm working on a book, and I have a character that is confused, and I realized that his confusion was due to my own. So here's my question:
A man has an affair, and has a child with his mistress. This child spends the first 20 years of his life living with his mother, and seeing his father occasionally, but the father's wife never knew about the child.
Would you call the father's wife the child's stepmother? I think that fits, but I've always thought of "stepmother" as being a wife that came after - not necessarily after an ex-wife, but after the birth of the child. So, it seems...odd to me for him to refer to her that way, but I don't think there's another term that would fit that situation, is there?
Answer by LostSoul88 at 5:07 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Father's wife. Stepmother infers some kind of role in the child's life.
Answer by 3libras at 5:16 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:20 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Answer by Ballad at 5:26 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Answer by GlitteribonMom at 7:07 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Answer by booklover545 at 9:30 PM on Dec. 8, 2012
Answer by mamabear484 at 5:13 PM on Dec. 10, 2012
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