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Exactly! I hate the word STEP, I just call him "son" or for those who don't think Step-Parents count as much as Biological Parents do, I call him my Bonus Son. Thank you for answering :)
Treating them equally is one thing. Seeming to not acknowledge or feel any difference between, say, your own eight-year-old and the six- or ten-year old child of the second spouse you married a few years ago is a different thing.
Being treated equally is everything from a child's point of view!
My guess is even with biological children parents still have their "favorites" which proves it's not just about the DNA.
To my knowledge no one said "step" was a bad word.
Life is a (personal) journey.
Everyone is entitled to refer to their family members anyway (they) wish. It doesn't mean one person is "right" and the other is "wrong". It's (their) preference.
I call him son,to myself.For his benefit when in public,I call him Step-son as he knows who his mother is and I would never let him feel uncomfortable in any way.No one said STEP is a bad word,or a mean one.Just a personal thing.To me myself.
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Well yes lol, but my thing was, as a Step-Parent what makes it different emotionally.
Depends on the situation but "actual" (including adopted-actual) parents/children most often know/feel the difference (even in imperfect or difficult-age-erlated parent/child relationships).