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    Posted on 12 Jul 2017

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

    "What am I even supposed to call you?"

    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*

    3. ...THEY HAVE A PARTNER!!

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    NOPE. A WHOLE LOTTA NOPE!

    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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    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.

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