I have a 2 yr old ds from a previous relationship. I'll be getting married soon to someone who is more of a father to my son than he's ever had. He loves him like a father and my fiance treats him as though he's his own. My son's biological dad has never really been in his life but visits him about once a month (when i make him), but ds calls him "dadda". He doesn't really grasp what that means. He just sees it as a name, like "joe". Bio-dad will be moving to another country soon and we'll most likely never see him again. My fiance and I plan on starting the process for him to adopt ds as soon as we're married. My fiance really wants my son to start calling him dad, instead of his name but we're not really sure how to go about it. How do you tell a 2-year old "okay this is dadda now." Or should we avoid the word "dadda" all together and call him daddy, or dad. And even then, how do you get him to understand that he doesn't call him by his name anymore?
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2/16/10 at 9:38am