Is It Okay For My Stepdaughter To Call Me Daddy?

Doug is a stepdad whose stepdaughter wants to call him “Daddy,” and he isn’t sure how to approach that. Dr. Meeker knows where he’s coming from.

QUESTION: Doug is a stepdad whose stepdaughter wants to call him “Daddy,” and he isn’t sure how to approach that. He wants to respect the role of the biological father who feels threatened by him. He isn’t sure what to do, but Dave's guest Dr. Meg Meeker knows where he’s coming from.

ANSWER: You must be doing a great job, especially if the biological father is threatened by you. You are filling a “dad hole” for her in a way that maybe her biological dad can’t. What she calls you is a little bit tricky, but I tend to let kids pick what they’re going to call you.