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Being an Aunt: Mothers Disguised as Friends

6 Jun 2015 – 11:55 PM EDT

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Being an aunt can be just as rewarding as being a mother, maybe even more at times. One beneficial fact is that you don’t have to do much of the disciplining or deal with melt downs and tantrums as much as Mommy does. You can enjoy all the beautiful moments without too much of the responsibilities or difficulties that being a parent can sometimes present. Because of the unconditional love and care, Aunts can really be like Moms in disguise except for a few minor differences.

Aunts can take advantage of all the benefits of being a guardian and bond with their niece or nephew along the way. Here are some of the top reasons why being an aunt can be one of the most amazing life experiences you will ever encounter.

All the Fun, Little Discipline

While you will want to respect your sister or brothers wishes with regards to rules for their little one, you don’t have to do much of the discipline. Most of the time, you don’t have to tell them to do their homework (unless they are staying with you) or give them time-outs (unless you are in charge that day), and you never really have to be the “bad cop.” You get to give them that extra scoop of ice cream or let them watch a few more minutes of their favorite show.

You’re Always Interesting

To your little niece or nephew, you are considered ‘cool’ in their books. You live in your own house without a Mommy and Daddy, you go to a job and you only see them from time to time, keeping you interesting.

They Confide in You

As the true nature of families go, the aunts and uncles are the ones turned to when a child wants to discuss something that they do not feel comfortable with in telling their parents. Lucky you, they will confide in you on topics regarding their insecurities, their problems at school and may even tell you their secret crush. Kids know that if they tell their parents something of concern they will ask more questions or want to fix the issue, when all the child really wants to do is talk it out.

You Get to Go Home at the End of the Day

After you have enjoyed all the fun with your niece or nephew and exhausted yourself (in a good way), you can return home and return to your own life. You take no responsibility home with you and you can carry on with your normal schedule.

Being an aunt is more beneficial than others may think. There are numerous advantages that make being an aunt one of the best family roles in existence. Whether you have kids of your own or not, your role as auntie is unique and special to your little niece or nephew. Never forget how much you mean to them.