the real stranger things discourse: is steve a father of 4, 5 or 6??
Steve is a father of 4 (Mike, Dustin, Max and Lucas) The Harringsons/ underground gang/ tunnel tykes.
He is a babysitter of 6 (Stevie and the boys/ beast bashin babysitter and his kickass kids)
Will and Eleven both have parents who know what’s going on with the upside down so Steve doesn’t need to look after them as much because their parents are around. The others have trash dads (except Lucas) and need someone to look out for them while they’re on their upside down adventures and just generally, but if Hopper and Joyce aren’t around Steve is responsible for all the kiddos.