What happens when a kid calls someone who is not their biological parent “mom” or “dad”?

It’s complicated, right?

And it can also lead to some hurt feelings…

Take a look at this story from Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page that deals with this and stick around to see how readers reacted.

AITA for letting my nephew call me ‘dad’?

“I’ve been raising my nephew since he was a year old.

My brother and his mother d**d in a tornado in 2013. He has zero memories of them. No other relative, on either side, could or not take him in except me and I live on the other side of the country. I had no qualms or doubts and expected zero pats on the back or accolades.

Lately, I’ve been getting tons of pushback from my family and the family of my brother’s girlfriend over letting my nephew call me ‘dad.’ It’s not something I pushed on him. It just happened organically and I’m fine with it. He knows what happened to his birth parents.

My family believes I’m confusing him and forgetting about them. I don’t think so.”

Now take a look at how folks on Reddit reacted to this story.

One reader said that the other adults in this story need to give this whole thing a pass because of the circumstances.

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Another person agreed and said that it’s perfectly fine if the child views his uncle as a father figure.

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One reader said that they should tell the child about his background but for all intents and purposes, his uncle is his dad.

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And finally, this Reddit user made a good point: people known as dads earn that right and this uncle is definitely doing that.

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