In a Blended Family, ‘Your Dad’ Becomes ‘Dad’ – NYTimes.com

Social scientists have long understood the role of possessive pronouns in relationships as it pertains to productive communication. “We and our” words set a more collective tone and underscore the bond between two or more people. To say “our family” or “our job” meant that we were in this together and it was going to be O.K.

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