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Near & dear but not so clear: A new name for a new relationship

 

In a recent NY Times article, Paula Carter described the difficulty of having no name for her relationship with her significant other’s children. Though she was not their mother, or stepmother (since she wasn’t married to the kids’ father), she cared for the kids for years. She’s not alone. The Census Bureau issued a special report on stepchildren in 2014. Researchers found that it was difficult to calculate the number of stepparents because respondents who were living with partners but were not married did not know how to define their relationship to their partner’s children.

 

If it doesn’t have a name, it’s like it doesn’t exist. Carter suggested Near Mother as a possible term for this bond. PopNamers, what do you think? We need a name to honor this type of parental relationship.

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    Sother (SO’s other, mother)

    Mannix

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    Nother

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    yomama

    Juice

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    MiMom

    Juice

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    PomPom and Momom

    Goose

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    foster parent

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    new moo and poo

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    imaginary papa and moma

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    adopta Mom

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    Auntie

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    Goose

    Goose

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    Non-Mom and Non-Dad

    Gemini

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    TruPoo

    Gemini

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    TruMoo

    Gemini

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    Pappy and Mammy

    Gemini

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    Parent Deux

    Mama Mia

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    Vader and Moeder (Dutch)

    Goose

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    Pater

    Goose

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    Mater

    Goose

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    Foo Mom and Dad

    Goose

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    Naddy

    Goose

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    Nommy

    Goose

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    Friend mom and pops

    river otter

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    Fam Pop or Mom

    river otter

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    Mother out of Law

    river otter

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    Double Step Mother

    river otter

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    Rom Com Mom

    river otter

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    Nom

    river otter

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    Nom

    river otter

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    new Mom

    river otter

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    care Mom

    river otter

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    Love Mom

    Elise

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    Mammy

    Elise

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    Love Mother

    asdflkj

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    Love Mother

    asdflkj

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    Practiparent

    Zena

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    McMom

    ScreemNameHere

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    AltMom

    ScreenNameHere

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    Love Bumps

    qrius3

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    My Posse

    qrius2

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    My Tribe

    qrius1

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    NeMo

    Dory

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    Parentish

    Wag Norita

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    Almoster

    Zora

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    Simparent

    Jess Taleria

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    Likeparent

    Todd

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    dad ringer

    i like big puns

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    Mom-guise

    Anon

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    proxy ma

    Elle M. Enno

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