What do you call your stepfamily?
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?
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