From my blog on www.parentsociety.com:
I still remember my partner’s tentative steps around my children when
our relationship moved from a brief flirtation to becoming significant
in both our lives. Not wanting to have children of his own initially, he
suddenly found himself in relationship, complete with home ownership
and two children. Within a few years, we were joined by a dog. Then
another dog. Welcome to a modern version of the American family.
Since he didn’t want to be “Uncle Dean” or “Dad 2” or “Pops,” the
children went through a long list of names of what to call him, almost
relegating him to being their “gay nanny,” a name said with
tongue-in-cheek. Finally, he has simply come to be called “Dean.” And
they love him with the affection shown to a parent, and he loves them as
if they were his own children.
Read more on: http://www.parentsociety.com/todays-family/same-sex-parents/same-sex-step-parent-vs-parent/
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