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Jeannette Lofas

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Psychologist and author of Keys to Successful Stepfathering

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What's in a Name?

Your spouse has a child from a previous marriage, and then the two of you bring home a bundle of joy. When that bundle starts talking, things can get complicated. Your bio-child calls you mom/dad, of course, but what about your stepchild? Should your stepchild call you mom/dad? Even if you’re happy with the parental designation, the biological parent who has had that title since your stepchild’s birth might object. BonusFamilies knows it may be difficult, but it’s best to talk it out and come to an agreement that will satisfy everyone.

Posted: 3/4/08