Do you think it is okay for a stepparent to give their opinion on a controversial subject? What if they clearly state that this is solely their opinion and it’s okay to have different opinions? Should stepparents stay totally silent on controversial topics? Does it matter if the child asks the stepparent directly? Does the age of the child matter?
We had a sad incident at Scouts last night. We were selling popcorn outside of Wal-Mart, when a very bigoted and hateful man called the boys ‘gay scouts’ and said he didn’t support ‘little homos’ and ‘queers’. I was livid, but thankfully the boys seemed oblivious to what happened.
There was a moment that I was concerned the boys had overheard, and I was nervous about SS asking me any questions. DH had just stepped inside to use the bathroom and missed the conversation, so I was anxious I would have been put on the spot. So far the Scouts have been a wonderful experience, but after this I’m sad that SS might be exposed to such hate. What would I do if he asked me what gay meant?
I don’t know BM’s stance on the subject. Should I tell him to ask his dad and mom? Should I say, “This is what I think, but some people think different?” Should I just shrug and not say anything at all?
I’m just curious. In your opinion, what do you think stepparents should do?