5 Reasons being an Auntie rocks

In the last week we had an exciting new addition to our extended family, and I became an Auntie again. It’s such an exciting and wonderful time to see those you love not just extend their family, but also become parents for the first time and join ‘the club’.

This little one takes our neicephew count up to five, and every single one of those scrumptious little people is such an important part of our lives. And here is why being an Auntie totally rocks…

It’s great practice

Our first nieces arrived two years before our own daughter, meaning we had plenty of time to learn how to hold a baby, change a nappy, and witness the carnage that a baby brings to your life. We watched our own siblings muddle through weaning, sleepless nights, balancing work and family life, while we watched on with a bit of a hangover, and contemplated that being us, one day. How we laugh now about the time we made a nappy out of  bath towel, believing our niece had been delivered without any nappies. Whilst out panic buying (nappies have SIZES?!) we of course discovered them in a pocket of the bag.

Woman in Gray Sweater Carrying Toddler in White Button-up Shirt

You can spoil them rotten, and give them back

Our first nieces were definitely got their fare share of love – not just from us but from the whole family. The first of a new generation, with everyone wanting a slice of the action. Like mini celebs, we all couldn’t spoil them enough. Without our own ties and responsibilities (and sleep thieves) we were all for a bit of babysitting fun, a bit of time to take it all in and spoil them rotten. Then, pass them back before heading out to the pub for a sunday lunch.

Ready made play dates

Once we started procrating and adding to the next gen of the fam, it was all about getting them together. Cute pics of beautiful little cousins, ready made BFF’s, who looks like who and cute little bonds appear. Whilst you, as Auntie / Mum get to drink tea / prosecco at family events with the kids happily playing. Everyone’s a winner.

2 Girls Hugging Each Other Outdoor during Daytime

You get to dish the advice

Of course if you become an Auntie having already navigated the hurdles of new parenthood, you have a prime target for all your worldly parenting wisdom in the form of your bro / sis, whether they want it or not. Ah how you’ll reminisce every babydom moment as they play it out before you – offering tit bits of information, points of reference, and probably a few sack loads of baby stuff too.

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You aren’t their Mum

For me, the best thing about being an Auntie, is that you can have a special bond with your nieces or nephews, whilst not being their Mum. That’s a hugely special thing, as you could be someone they trust, confide in, turn to throughout their life about things that perhaps they might not want to open up to with their parents.

Free stock photo of fashion, person, hands, womanThe groundwork for that starts young, and they will need you every step of the way, so building that bond from those very first cuddles is something pretty lovely. You can laugh with them, let them do things perhaps you shouldn’t, and be just a different role in their lives.

x MMT

 

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13 thoughts on “5 Reasons being an Auntie rocks

  1. anywaytostayathome Reply

    This is exactly how my sister feels about my boy. Plus she’s his only aunt so she gets all that time!

  2. Eva Reply

    Oh I cannot wait to be an auntie. Loved you article. Come on little brother of mine, hurry up 🙂 #coolmumclub

  3. Laura - Autumn's Mummy Reply

    I’m not an auntie, but I really hope to be in the future! It sounds wonderful. I know Autumn’s aunties adore her, but equally like the fact that they can hand her back and not have the responsibility! #CoolMumClub

  4. This Scribbler Mum Reply

    Being an aunt has definitely taught me a lot and it’s fun too being the cool aunt. #coolmumclub

  5. Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice) Reply

    Lovely list of reasons. I won’t be an Auntie as 2 gay brothers and lost one of them last year. I bet it is lovely though #CoolMumClub

    1. MMT Reply

      Oh I am sorry about your loss Kate. xx

  6. Cheryl @ Tea or Wine Reply

    Ahhh it’s true! I’ve got two sisters and we’ve all had our children very close together so I completely agree with the point about a ready made playdate. We’ve now got to the point where, whenever we meet up, us grown ups can have a natter whilst the kids all go off and play. It’s fab!! And even better, we all seem to have very similar views on parenting so we’re all playing by the same rules. Love it! #CoolMumClub xx

  7. fiveinthehive2018 Reply

    Aaah this is a lovely post. I had two children of my own before I became an Auntie but I absolutely love it. I have a new niece/nephew on the way too and I can’t wait to meet them! #Coolmumclub

  8. thewillowtree1 Reply

    I love being an Aunty – I became one at the age of 13 so I got my practice in for sure! #CoolMumClub

  9. kirstyelizabeth6 Reply

    Awww lovely, I’m an auntie but not by blood, and they don’t live local so I kind of don’t feel one at all, I do wish I had sibling that looked like they may one day have kids! I think then it would be different #coolmumclub

  10. thesingleswan Reply

    Ah yes, I love being an Auntie. I particularly like that you can spoil them rotten and then give them back. Also, I think children give their own parents, particularly their mothers, a really tough time sometimes. Not so with Aunties. Aunties are cool and relaxed and different. I am thinking of suggesting to my sister (who has a one year old) that we do a child-swap for a few hours every month. Then I’d get to spoil my niece and my sister would get to spoil her nephew (my son). Everyone’s a winner. Pen x #coolmumclub

  11. lukeosaurusandme Reply

    My sister’s favourite thing about being an auntie is that she gets to load Luke up on chocolate and then hand him back to me! I can’t say it’s my favourite thing though! #coolmumclub

  12. crummymummy1 Reply

    I was an auntie before I was a mum too & you’re right on all counts! #coolmumclub

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