My husband and I got married when my son was 6mo. He is now 3yo, and he has begun calling his stepfather "Daddy". We did not teach him to say this, it evolved over time and there was even a phase in which stepdad was also Mama. lol. My husband stayed home with our son for periods of time while I was in school, taught him his ABCs, potty trained him, taught him to count, etc.
His biological dad is in his life, though he has been known to not show up for months at a time, not pay child support for months at a time, use partying as an excuse to skip visitation, etc. So the stepfather has been the constant, reliable father figure in his life. He calls his biodad "Dad." Biodad just realized that our son calls his stepfather "Daddy" and is flipping out.
My son adores his stepdad and I feel he would have been heartbroken if, the day he first shyly whispered "Daddy", had told him no.
What is your personal experience with this?
Asked by Anonymous at 1:02 AM on Apr. 11, 2010 in General Parenting
I'd tell "Dad" that if he was going to flake and allow some other man to take care of his responsibilities then he doesn't have any right to be upset that your son sees him as "Daddy".
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 AM on Apr. 11, 2010
My 8 year old calls my boyfriend daddy. If his father has a problem with it he can kiss my @ss. Of course my ex hasn't been around in 7 years.
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