I will be a mommy very soon but allow me to enjoy fully being an aunt first. You see there are some advantages of being aunt compared to being a parent, hehe.
I have witty, mature-beyond-his-age 9 years old nephew. Soon he will be dethroned as the only grandchild in our family. He is aware that soon the adult’s adulation and attention will be shifted to the new member of the family and he confided that he is feeling a bit sad and jealous already. I have to assure him that we will not love him any less. I am spending more bonding time with him now since my little one in my belly is not yet hatching. I assured him that he will always be special to us especially that he is the first ever “apo” in the family
Here are 5 reasons why it is cool being an aunt:
1. YOU GET TO PRACTICE BEING A MOMMY WITHOUT LOSING SLEEP OR BEING THE PERSON TO CHANGE DIRTY DIAPERS
You see cuteness can suddenly fade once you have to deal with lack of sleep from the never-ending crying and when smelly “gifts” appear from your adorable nephew/niece’s diapers. You can get all the cuddles. You can kiss the sweet-smelling chubby cheeks. You can be the receiver of those innocent giggles. But once the unceasing crying and smelly nappies come, you can always hand them back to their mom and dad. You can still enjoy the perks of being a ‘temporary’ mom without depriving yourself of your beauty sleep. No waking up at 2AM to feed the baby or changing diapers.
2. YOU ALWAYS GET TO BE THE PERSON WHO WILL INTRODUCE HIM/HER TO FUN ACTIVITIES
Aunts usually the ones who get to think of cool activities that kids would enjoy. They know where to find that big trampoline in the mall, the big swimming pool with lots of slides, the place where kids can play LEGO toys all day or the the ice cream shop that allows them to put all the toppings of their choice.
3. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE GOOD ‘COP’ AND NEVER THE BAD ‘COP’
Kids needs a good cop-bad cop tandem for discipline. The great thing of being an aunt is that you get to be the good cop most of the time, if not all the time. You don’t want to smudge your ‘pristine image’ with your nephew/niece so you leave the disciplining to the parents which is rightfully their obligation anyway. So you can let him slide a bit when he sleep past his bedtime, pushed aside his vegetables or forget to put away his toys. And if he gets unruly, all you have to do is call on his mom and dad to the rescue. “Hey Mommy, your son doesn’t want to take a bath even if he is veeeeryy stinky!” You may be the tattletale aunt but you don’t need to dirty your hands with the heavy-duty reprimanding, his mom & dad will have do it, hehe.
4. YOU WILL THE CONFIDER OF HIS/HER SECRETS, CRUSHES & PSEUDO-PROBLEMS
Some kids prefer to run to their aunts or uncles that they are close to to reveal their secrets and magical fantasies that their parents might think are absurd. They sometimes think you as an overstretched same-aged friend of theirs and that you wouldn’t laugh at their silly dreams. They would confide in you their school crush because they know their secret is safe with you. You would sometimes also be the first person they run to when their ” bestfriend forever” decided that they will not be friends anymore or when they think Santa Claus will not give him the toy train he requested for Christmas .
5. YOU HAVE A PARTNER AND AN EXCUSE TO EAT ALL THE JUNK FOODS, CHEETOS, CANDIES AND SWEETS
You heard that McDonalds has a new McFlurry flavour instead of calling on your galpal to try it whom you know will just reprimand you of the calories it contains, you call on your partner-in-crime: your sweets-loving nephew or niece for a McFlurry date. When your niece or nephew asked you to take him/her to Jollibee so she/he can get that Kiddie Meal toy, you say ‘Yeah!” You get an excuse to ditch your new organic paleo-diet to be a ‘good’ aunt. You just broke up with your boyfriend? You have your niece/nephew to share that Ben & Jerry pint of ice cream and you get a sincere hug after to make you feel better.
To all the Aunties in the world, cheers to all of you!
To my one & only sister whom I think is the ‘BESTEST’ Aunt in the World, this one is for you.