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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/19/2011

What do you call your stepfamily?

By Carol Morello

A new poll estimates that at least four in 10 Americans consider themselves part of a stepfamily, but a growing number reject that label, saying it carries a stigma.

The number of unwed mothers is also sharply rising in the U.S., which means children are more likely than ever to grow up around step-relatives.

Some stepfamilies and family therapists avoid using the term 'stepfamilies,' saying it creates unrealistic expectations and is implicitly negative. Some family members interviewed for our story use the terms "blended families," "bonus families" or "para-kin."

What do you call the step-relatives in your family?

Tell us in the comments below or by replying using #mystepfamily on Twitter.

Check out the most-used words in your tweets and comments; click to enlarge.


Updated with a few of your responses:

@postlocal I call them "his real family", cause me and my sisters don't matter. #mystepfamilyless than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac

@postlocal I call #mystepfamily the same as my full family my half siblings are my brothers and sister. I call my stepmom by her first nameless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

@PostLocal #mystepfamily is considered nothing less than family.less than a minute ago via web

By Carol Morello  | January 19, 2011; 10:53 AM ET
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I have had a stepmother for 34 years. I never felt a stigma with that term. I still use it today. My stepmother was much more of a role model than my mother ever was and my step relatives were always a huge part of my life. I'm a therapist as well and I don't have a problem using that term in therapy and none of my clients have balked at it either.

Posted by: CapCurrent | January 19, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

they are my "family." no stranger needs to know my business and my friends know who's who.

Posted by: ounanm1 | January 19, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I call them by their given names. If further designation is necessary I call them my family.

Posted by: 2belinda | January 19, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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