As a quote goes, “Only an aunt can give hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.”
In Asian culture, as a form of courtesy, elders are addressed as ‘Aunty’ and ‘Uncle’. But aunts and uncles hold a special place in the family, especially in your niece’s and nephew’s lives. You are one of the family, yet more like friends and this makes you special.
Or uncle for the matter. Aunts and uncles make good confidantes compared to parents especially when dealing with uncomfortable topics like boy-girl romantic relationships. Or sometimes the child may be fighting with parents and want to vent. Aunts and uncles are in a good position to dispense advice as you want the best for both parties.
Often, your nieces and nephews may want to pursue interests their parents have no time for. This is where you can play an important role in helping to nurture the child. You can take up new hobbies and seek learning opportunities together. Not only is this a wonderful way to bond, aunts and uncles get to be involved in the child’s personal growth.
The child always hear family stories through parents’ eyes. Aunts and uncles tell childhood stories from a new perspective. This way, the child can learn more about their parents. Also, these storytelling sessions are good for family bonding. Get ready for the laughs that spill over!
Here are some tips you can be Aunt or Uncle of the Year:
- Play your nephew or niece’s favourite games with them.
- Focus on experiences, not presents.
- Have fun! Don't be afraid of looking silly.