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LeAnn Rimes, Brandi Glanville: Should A Stepparent Refer To Their Stepchildren As Their Own?

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So much for a social media truce. Late last week, the Twitter feud between LeAnn Rimes and Brandi Glanville was reignited when the country singer took to Twitter to share her weekend plans with her followers.

"Flying out with my boys in a few hrs," Rimes tweeted on Nov. 30, referring to husband Eddie Cibrian’s two sons with Glanville. "Love that it's a family tour weekend. It's always more fun when they are with me."

The tweet didn't go over well with Glanville, whom Cibrian split from in 2009 after having an extramarital affair with Rimes.

"Someone is trying 2 get under my skin by calling MY children "her boys" Sooo transparent! They R MY boys, Eddie Boys and ur step-sons... 4 now," Glanville tweeted on Dec. 1.

The Twitter feud sparked further conversation on HuffPost Divorce's Facebook page, where step-moms and bio-moms alike chimed in with their thoughts on whether step-parents like Rimes should refer to their step-kids as their own.

Check out the debate below to see what our readers had to say, then let us know who you agree with in the comments.


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I would be annoyed if my ex's new partner referred to my children as their own.

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I WOULD be annoyed if my ex's new partner referred to my children as their own

"yes -- LeAnn is being really provocative." -Pauline G.

"Actually, I was very annoyed when my ex's mistress posted on Facebook about meeting up with her daughter (my daughter) for lunch. At the time, the separation was new, I was still married to my ex and I knew she did it to be spiteful. Now that I have divorced him and moved on, I don't worry about things like that." -Michelle T.

"Know your place in the big picture. Step [parents] go away all the time... often because the kids don't respect them."-Laura B.

"only my kids are mine. no one else's. not even grandparents. ever."-Gaylen M.

"I'm with Brandi. I'd be L-I-V-I-D." -BigLittle Wolf

I WOULDN'T be annoyed if my ex's new partner referred to my children as their own

"I refer to my stepdaughters as 'ours.' When I married my husband, his children became a member of my family, too. When they are at our home, they aren't treated any different than our own bio-kids. If the bio-mom is seriously so insecure that she has to flip out over this kind of crap, she should grow up."-Amy K.

"I'm grateful my children have so many people that love them. They know who their mother is."-Apryl W.

"Kids aren't property, and possession isn't 9/10ths of being a parent. You need time and investment for that privilege."-Julie L.

"This is too petty. I would be more concerned as how the new person is treating my child(ren)."-Christine G.



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