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21 Things Only Kids Who Have Grown Up In A Stepfamily Will Understand

"What am I even supposed to call you?"

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1. Your mum or dad starts hanging out with someone new.

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It might be someone you know or have never seen but regardless, it's weird...

2. You're sat down for "a chat" and your thoughts and fears are confirmed....

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*insert Jaws theme here*


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4. Visits increase from day trips to overnight stays.

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They're at the house more than you are!

5. At first, you're dismissive...


6. ...and they're awkward to be around.

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Stop trying so hard to make me like you...

7. But because you're a nice person, you decide to give them a chance.

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What's the worst that could happen?

8. Soon enough, you start to see what they're really like.

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You realise you have more in common than you originally thought.

9. And it turns out they aren't that bad, and you give them your seal of approval.

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You may even start confiding in them.

10. Just as you're getting to like them they reveal THEY have kids. / Via

Wait, there's more?!

11. Meanwhile, you're still trying to work out WTF to call this person.

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"Stepparent" doesn't seem to roll off the tongue.

12. Before you know it there's a meeting of the two sides.

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Usually over your favourite meal... AS IF THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER!!!!

13. Your parents automatically assume you'll get along.

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As if you get along with anyone remotely close to your age.

14. But over time, you realise you have more in common.

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Actually they're pretty cool too.

15. After a while you begin to worry your real mum and dad might like them more.

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And at this point who could blame them?

16. You realise your time is spread between so many people. / Via

Split weekends all round but somehow it all works.

17. Then you start to meet the EXTENDED family...

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And have to remember a lot of names.

18. ...and you realise you've underestimated how many people could be in one family.

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Are they all related or did you just grab everyone that looked similar in the area?

19. But they accept you with open arms.

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Many, MANY open arms.

20. Before you know it your small family has grown... / Via

More and more everyday.

21. ...and you wonder what you ever did without them.

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You realise that having them in your life has made you all the better for it.