Don’t call LeAnn Rimes a stepmother.
The country singer takes offence to being referred to as a step-parent of her husband’s sons. In an entry on her blog, she makes a case for dropping the terms “stepmother,” “stepfather” and “stepchildren.”
“A family is a family. In my eyes, there’s no ‘step’ about it,” she writes.
Ms. Rimes, whose husband Eddie Cibrian has two young sons from a previous relationship, explains she was raised among two blended families herself. She viewed her stepfather as a second dad, she writes, and felt to introduce him as a stepfather “almost seemed degrading.” She simply introduces him as her dad.
Ms. Rimes, 29, married Mr. Cibrian in April. She says she treats his sons, Mason and Jake, as though they are her own, although recognizes she will never replace their mother.
“Society will always call me a stepmom, the boys will call me Le, but in our house, in our family, we remove the ‘step.’ We really are all … simply family,” she writes.
At the start of her blog post, Ms. Rimes points out how the terms for stepfamily members have a negative connotation in society.
Sure, old fairy tales such as Snow White and Cinderella helped perpetuate the myth of the evil stepmother and wicked stepsisters. But is calling someone a step-parent or stepchild demeaning?
In an age where blended families are common, should we drop the term “step”?