Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The rearing of a child or children as a stepparent.

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  • noun The role of a stepparent.

Etymologies

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stepparent +‎ -ing, modelled on parenting.

Examples

  • Despite the proliferation of blended (durrr!) families in this country (more than 3.6 million American households, i.e. ten percent of all households with minor children, per the Census Bureau), the true-life stories of stepparenting are hard to find.

    Lily Burana: Adding a Baby To Our Blended Family

  • The paltry selection of media about stepparenting and family blending paints scenes that are either Brady Bunch or Gotterdamerung.

    Lily Burana: Adding a Baby To Our Blended Family

  • Despite the proliferation of blended (durrr!) families in this country (more than 3.6 million American households, i.e. ten percent of all households with minor children, per the Census Bureau), the true-life stories of stepparenting are hard to find.

    Lily Burana: Adding a Baby To Our Blended Family

  • The paltry selection of media about stepparenting and family blending paints scenes that are either Brady Bunch or Gotterdamerung.

    Lily Burana: Adding a Baby To Our Blended Family

  • They would have today and the rest of the week to enjoy each other before returning to Woodside Heights and its turmoil, before taking the first steps into the unknown waters of stepparenting and blending their families into one, before she would face the many problems of her city and the battles that still awaited her there.

    A Different Light

  • But after stepparenting and parenting since the age of 21 (I am almost 58!), and working for all but 7 months of that time, I have a little experience.

    king philip cried out for green soup

  • While both adoption and stepparenting can frequently be reduced to a “nature versus nurture” - style argument with regards to “who the real mother is,” IVF and surrogacy pose much more difficult questions, particularly because they tend to require the services of a third party.

    Mother May I? « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • I wanted to have something new and cool to show off when I went to the Grand Slam Sci-Fi Summit back in March, so I worked like crazy and made a very limited edition chapbook called More Than This, which is a few stories from the Do You Want Kids With That? manuscript (which is a book similar to Dancing Barefoot, but all about stepparenting.)

    In Exile

  • I wanted to have something new and cool to show off when I went to the Grand Slam Sci-Fi Summit back in March, so I worked like crazy and made a very limited edition chapbook called More Than This, which is a few stories from the Do You Want Kids With That? manuscript (which is a book similar to Dancing Barefoot, but all about stepparenting.)

    In Exile

  • Like adoption and stepparenting before it, the medical achievements of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and successful gestational surrogacy dramatically challenge the meaning of motherhood.

    Mother May I? « Love | Peace | Ohana

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