Reader Brigitte recently emailed us about using the term “Bonus Mom” an awesome alternative to step-mom — which reminded us of this comment on Offbeat Mama:
I am a bonus-parent — a term I read in one of the MANY books I devoured when I first became involved with a man that had FIVE kids from a previous marriage. I’m an extra parent. “Step” always makes a person think of Cinderella and her evil stepmother and sisters.
Brigitte loved the term so much that she came up with a couple of ways you can use it: when Dad remarries to a man (Bonus Dad!), Dad wants to be called Mom now, and additional parents in Poly families, to name a few. Clearly bonus [insert parent here] is great since it can be applied to so many relationships, but what other terms are you guys using in your families?
Let’s continue the discussion found at What do you kids call you? and What can we call ourselves besides aunt and uncle?