As we drove home today from school, Julia announced this out of nowhere:
"I have a stepdad."
Me: Are you talking about your dad?
Julia: No I'm talking about my stepdad.
Me: You don't have a stepdad. You have a dad. You are talking about Jeremy, your dad?
Julia: No he's my stepdad. He's mean to us most of the time.
Me: Honey, he's not your stepdad. If I chose to not be married to your daddy and then married someone else, that person would be your stepdad.
Riley: Or if Mom died, then Dad would be by himself.
Me: And then he might remarry someone else and you'd have a step mom.
Julia: No. I will not have a step mom. They will make me do chores, bring over two mean stepsisters and treat me terrible.
Me: Not all stepmothers are like in Cinderella. They're not all mean.
Julia: Yes they are.