I had a dad recently tell me, “My daughters are from my wife’s first marriage, but I don’t like to call them step-daughters. They’re just daughters. I don’t like to put a label on people. That kind of thing leads to gas chambers.”
While I feel that this good father’s leap from labeling to gas chambers was a bit extreme, I do agree with his general sentiment. When it comes to the different kinds of parents in a child’s life, it’s not really important what they’re called – what’s important is that they’re committed to a child’s well-being.