Stepfamily Lingo

Stepfamily Abbreviations

What do all the stepfamily abbreviations you see online stand for?

Stepmoms have developed their own shorthand for talking about stepfamily life. So, to help you understand the lingo and keep up with conversations in our private stepmom group and on our Facebook and Instagram pages, here’s a list of the most popular stepfamily abbreviations:

BD birth dad, biological dad
BF boyfriend, birth father, biological father
BIL brother-in-law
BM birth mom, biological mom

CP custodial parent
CS child support

DD dear daughter
DH dear husband

DIL daughter-in-law
DS dear son
DSD dear stepdaughter
DSS dear stepson
DW dear wife

EOW every other weekend
EX the ex-wife or ex-girlfriend

FH future husband
FIL father-in-law

IMO in my opinion
IMHO in my humble/honest opinion

KWIM know what I mean?

LOL laughing out loud / laugh out loud

MIL mother-in-law

NCP non custodial parent

OP original poster
OT original topic (or off topic)

PAS parental alienation syndrome
PIOG posted in other groups

SAHM stay at home mom
SC stepcouple
SD stepdad
SD stepdaughter
SF stepfather
SIL sister-in-law
SK stepkid
SKIDS stepkids
SM stepmom, stepmother

SMOM stepmom
SO significant other
SS stepson

TM the mom, the mother