Why do we use the term "step"?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:04 AM on Dec. 15, 2008 in Relationships

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  • It wouldnt bother me. Honestly, if my husband and I happened to ever split and he was with someone else, I sure hope that my children's stepmother would love my girls like her own and consider them to be "her kids" as well when they are with her. You know? What's so wrong with that? My kids know who their mother is, and Im secure in my motherhood.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • no no no my stepkids are my step kids they are so evil rude igornant and disrespectful i would never claim them as my own. i don't want anyone thinking i raised them to act like heathens

    Answer by jodi205 at 10:06 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • You know in the home they probably don't say "Step Johnny" or "Half Susie" but I think it's just spoken matter of factly in order to give all parents claims on their children.

    Answer by munch12502 at 10:07 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I am from a LARGE integrated family. 12 in all, step half whole adoptive. I can remember getting mad at my half sister when she told me to do something and telling her she was just my half sister and could boss me. I got spanked and in big trouble and learned that we NEVER use any other term other than fmaily and love.

    Answer by navy-wife at 10:07 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • The same reason that we use the term step in front of mother/father. It would be nice if everyone could just be a brother/sister/mother/father, but thats just not how it is.

    Answer by mrsbrown1 at 10:11 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • in my family i have two half siblings and two tep siblings but my mother claims all of us as her children. When someone asks her how many children she has she always says 5.

    Answer by saysha100687 at 10:35 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I dont normally refer to my siblings as my half-siblings unless it is to clarify. It could get rather confusing if I say "my brother's brother is coming" because isnt my brother's brother MY brother.. nope because it's actually my "half-brother's step-brother"

    follow me?? haha

    Answer by AMsMommy212 at 10:36 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I don't refer to my half-siblings that way and my husband doesn't refer to "my" kids that way...they are all just our kids.

    Answer by beccimae at 10:52 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I don't have step or half, I just call them all my brothers and sisters! Which drives my DH crazy! He thinks I should break them all down into groups. He'll never understand, he only has one brother and they share parents.
    my dad ( step, i guess, but he raised me) told us kids that we are either blood or spirit, you don't get to pick your blood family but you do get to pick your spirit family! =)

    Answer by NoahsMomma418 at 10:52 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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  • I just refer to my nephews as my kids, lump them right in there with DD, its easier. For a long time I would say my nephews and my daughter... kids just rolls off the toungue so much easier. Sometimes people do think they're mine and they say stuff about them being loud, it's embarrassing but they are my responsibility, I am their guardian and parental figure. I get over it.

    Answer by mlregalado at 11:01 AM on Dec. 15, 2008

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