My stepson--okay, in case it matters, I'm not married to his dad but we have lived together for six years and I've known the kid and been important in his life since ten years ago when he was seven years old--has recently started calling me mom. He has done it all on his own; I've never once asked him to or even brought it up. At first I thought he just slipped a few times because my daughter calls me Mom, and he had always just used my first name. But the last two times he has visited, he has made it a point to come up and hug me spontaneously, and say "Good morning, Mom." I've just hugged him back and said good morning, but not acted as if I noticed anything. Is that a good plan, or should I acknowledge this in some way? Should it be encouraged, discouraged, or left alone? This is surprising to me, and totally new territory, so I really have no idea.
Answer by May-20 at 6:53 PM on Sep. 28, 2013
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Answer by KTElite at 6:49 PM on Sep. 28, 2013
He is calling you what he is comfortable with. Mom is a lot better than some of the other names out there. LOL. If you don't like it then feel free to say something, but if you are okay with it, then just let it be. Saying something might make him feel weird about it and then it will be awkward.
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