True Stories From The DRS Manners Counter

Q: “My stepmother is twenty years junior to me in age so I call her ‘Ife.' Although, my father is not happy I call her by her name, but I can't address her in any other manner than this. What should my friends call her?”

A: They should call her Mrs. Whatever-Your Family Last-Name-Is or accord her by her child's name if she has any yet, and I would suggest you also do the same. Don't forget that many of the guidelines surrounding etiquette instruct us to honor and respect tradition. I'm sure this is the culture of your family. Otherwise, your father wouldn't be displeased. Besides, when you respect your stepmother, it is actually your father you respect. Getting along is possible when everyone in a polygamous family makes a personal commitment to family respect.

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