Parents are sharing photos of blended families after a mom asked for her stepson to be cropped out of an image
- A mother posted a family picture online, requesting that her stepson be cropped out.
- In response, families posted pictures of their blended families, focusing on how important all their kids are.
- This week, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris referred to her stepchildren simply as her kids.
After a mom appeared to ask a photo-editing group to crop her stepson out of a picture, parents across the internet started posting photos of their own blended families.
The request went viral after a Twitter user called WadeCross posted a screenshot of the mom's request. The woman posted in a photoshopping group, writing "Hello! Can anyone remove the center kid?" She added that she had permission from the photographer for the photo to be altered.
"The lump in my throat after seeing this will never go away :(," WadeCross wrote. "This kid could live with me and be in every photo I'll take for the rest of my life."
Another Twitter user responded with a screenshot of a similar request. In that post, the mother wrote "Is there anyway y'all could remove the kid to the right in these pictures? He's my stepson and I love these pictures of us together but I also didn't get any good ones with just two without him. Also remove him from the full family pictures please."
When she apparently got push-back, the mother wrote "I love my stepson but I do want some without him in them."
Many of the responses were from step-parents embracing all their children. One Twitter user, Sarah Marie, posted a photo of her three daughters.
"That's my 'stepdaughter' in the back," she wrote. "I call her my bonus child. Even though her dad and I aren't together anymore, I still love her all the same. I could never imagine photoshopping her out of pictures. She will always be their sister!!"
Another Twitter user named Katie Mogg posted a photo of her family, including her stepson.
"This is my husband, our baby boy and our son," she wrote. "My husband is not the biological dad of [my] eldest but if he ever said something like that I'd bin! He's taken on my son like his own and he's happy to have him in photos!! As it should be."
The tweet came as Kamala Harris, a
"To my husband Doug, our children Cole and Ella, my sister Maya, and our whole family — I love you all more than I can express," she said.
In 2019, she talked about the importance of respecting not just her step-kids, but their biological mother as well.
"To know Cole and Ella is to know that their mother Kerstin is an incredible mother," Harris wrote for Elle last year. "Kerstin and I hit it off ourselves and are dear friends. She and I became a duo of cheerleaders in the bleachers at Ella's swim meets and basketball games, often to Ella's embarrassment. We sometimes joke that our modern family is almost a little too functional."
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