Kelly Clarkson to Become a Step-Mom
There are a lot of changes in store for pop star Kelly Clarkson this fall. The Season 1 American Idol contestant will wed her fiancé Brandon Blackstock this fall and with that marriage, she will gain two stepchildren. Clarkson reportedly lives with her fiancé and his 6 and 12-year-old children currently and said recently in an interview, “I have a 12-year-old and a 6-year-old now…after being single for six years! We all live together and everything…it’s so different, but it’s perfect. They’re awesome and I actually really dig the mom thing…I am quick to go, ‘I told you not to touch that!’…I am totally my mom. My mom was a hard mom.”
Having never been a step-mom myself, I imagine that adjusting to being a caretaker to a child who already has a personality, experiences and memories without you involved would be really difficult.
The pair initially planned to wed in late October, however, Clarkson says now that the couple plans to elope because the planning and details were getting too overwhelming. So it seems she might get the official step-mom title sooner rather than later.
Having never been a step-mom myself, I imagine that adjusting to being a caretaker to a child who already has a personality, experiences and memories without you involved would be really difficult. I think it is great that Clarkson seems to be enjoying her new role as a step-parent.
I have to admit that if I was the biological parent of these two children, hearing their soon to be step-mom call herself mom would bother me. I get that step-parents often take on the traditional parent names when they have been in a child’s life for a long period of time and I don’t even have a problem with it in my own family and close friends, but as a mom, I am not sure how I would feel if my child called another woman mom, no matter how close and caring she was of my child. I would hope that I would be mature enough to realize how lucky my child was to have another woman in their lives who love and care for them, but the fact is hearing that statement, would still hurt my feelings.
Are you a stepparent? What do you think about calling a stepparent mom or dad?