Redditors who have half-siblings or step-siblings, do you consider them “proper” siblings?

Redditors who have half-siblings or step-siblings, do you consider them “proper” siblings?

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  1. My “half” sister is still my sister. She’s a shit head, but she’s my shit head. Family is as much or more the bonds we choose I think, rather than accidents of genetics

  2. I have 3 half brothers, they’re all at least 10 years older than me, they babysat me and my siblings growing up, but their mother hated our dad, so we lost touch over time.

  3. I have 2 half sisters & 2 half brothers, all younger than me & I don’t see them as siblings, just as they don’t see me as their sister.

  4. Yes I have 7 siblings nteo of them are from my mother and father I still consider the rest as if they where full haha I guess that’s how u would say it idk haha over never refered them as step or whatever that’s bullshit

  5. No. My mother’s second marriage was to a guy who had two kids of his own. Though technically my step-siblings, I haven’t seen them since my mother separated from the guy. Meanwhile, I’m in daily contact with most of my biological siblings.

  6. Yes. My half siblings on my moms side were my entire world for my whole childhood. I was closer to them than anyone in the world. I would have died for them. And i actually last minute botched my suicide for them so i guess id live for them, too.

  7. I have 3 half (2 who are still alive) and 2 step. I consider the step siblings just as much “proper” siblings as the others even though there’s no blood relation.

  8. My half sibling is in their 30s while I’m a teenager so she does seem a bit like an aunt at times but I still consider her my sister just as much as I consider my “real” younger brother my brother

  9. the seventies in europe were a lot of fun, so i have a bunch of parents and siblings. and nobody gives af just how closely we are related, we live (or lived) under the same roof, we fought and fuzzed amd sometimes still do, we love each other and we’re family. “step” is not in our vocabulary.

  10. I’m much closer to my half-sister. She basically raised me from birth to when she moved out. Even now she is my mother figure, I visit her house on holidays, call her on Mother’s Day, etc

  11. All my siblings are technically half-siblings since I’m the only kid of both my parents. I grew up with two of my sisters and have a brother who has been in my life since I was eight, and I only specify that they have a different parent if it is relevant and I trust you enough with that part of my backstory. Why would they be considered ‘half’ if I have a whole relationship with them? I have a half-brother and half-sister I haven’t even met so they don’t even get ‘half’ status as far as I’m concerned.

  12. All my half siblings are just siblings. My step sibling I’ve only met a couple of times, so don’t really consider them to be a sibling.

  13. My out-adopted half brother is 9 years older than me and I didn’t even know he existed until I was 16 because my mom had him too young. I didn’t even meet him until 2020, and once again in 2021, so we never really bonded much. I consider him “half sibling” and my full sibling is the little brother who I was raised with. I think that sort of thing depends on your family situation. I’d probably think of him as just my other brother if I saw him more and we bonded.

  14. Yes, but I also see them as completely separate from my immediate family. They’re all far older than me, and I’ve never lived with them.

  15. Not really a true answer to your question but I have a step-daughter who is 15 years older at least than my own kids. I’ve never thought of her as my daughter – she has a mom, and I always tried to respect that. We do have a great relationship, but it isn’t mother/daughter. She’s always called me by my first name.

    My 3 kids see her as their full-on sister. They adore her – worship her, really, and she is a great sister to them.

  16. My parents divorced when I was 17, and my mom pretty quickly met a new guy. Six years later, they still seem like a perfect match for each other. They aren’t married, but for all intents and purposes, I think of him as my step dad, and his two kids from his previous marriage as my step siblings.

    I don’t view my step siblings in the same way I see my biological brother. But I’m sure no small part of that is that I’ve known my brother my entire life, while I’ve only known my step siblings for six years. Even so, my step family is absolutely family, and I do love them all. One night several months ago, my step sister drunkenly called my mom and just poured her heart out about how much she loves our whole family. And then maybe a month ago, we all had dinner together: my mom, brother, and I, along with my step dad and his two kids. At this dinner, my step sister, now sober, reaffirmed every word of that phone call. And every word she said was mutual. Not a day goes by where I’m not incredibly grateful to have them in my life.

    So while I might not think of them as actual siblings, I still love them, just in their own slightly different way.

  17. I have a half-bro who is only a few years younger than me, so we played together as kids, roamed for girls together as teens, and partied together as adults.

    Meanwhile my actual bro is 10 years older, never did much of anything with me when younger, and now we don’t even talk.

    So yeah, I consider my half-bro much more of a true brother than my older brother ever was or will be.

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