Your siblings have decided to have a child and that's exciting for them. Your family is growing, and kids, in general, can be pretty great. It's easy to say that being an aunt or an uncle is incredible.
Being an aunt or an uncle can help you see children in a new light. It might even scare you out of having children of your own. I mean, who wants to deal with a twelve-year-old who already listens to too many true crime podcasts?
Well, That Will Accomplish Something
If you wake the baby, you're responsible for the baby, which is probably what an aunt or uncle thinks they want until the little one won't stop crying. Then who's laughing?
His Face Says It All
This poor kid thought he had to run for his life and is actually terrified. Yes, it's hilarious, but you're not supposed to trick your kids. That's how you get a kid with nightmares.
Hmmm...What's The Right Answer?
A little yes can grow into a big yes, right? This kid made sure that his uncle had no choice but to still love him. That optimism will serve him well as an adult.
This Isn't Troublesome At All
Should anyone be worried about this kid's young love for one of the scariest horror villains of all time? I'm just saying, someone should probably talk to him about this, that's all.
It's Nice When You Have Something To Bond Over
Being an aunt or uncle isn't all bad. Maybe you'll end up with a niece or nephew who is actually really cool, unlike their parents who will always be your less cool sibling.
Let Your Inner Child Out
No one really needs an excuse to watch their favorite animated movies alone, but if you're someone who is afraid to own it, then having a niece or nephew is the perfect way to get your fill of kid's movies.
Kids Can Be Relatable
You might see yourself in your niece or nephew more than you think you will, like when they're horrified at the existence or habits of their parents, much like you were when you were children.
It's Your Right As An Aunt Or Uncle
If you don't make your sibling's life slightly miserable when you're around their children then you're not doing your job right. Yes, be supportive and loving, but also bring a little chaos to keep everyone on their toes.
At Least He's Honest
One of the best things about being an aunt or uncle might be that your nieces and nephews feel like they can confide in you their deepest feelings and truths.
You Literally Have No Responsibilities
The biggest difference between being a parent and being an aunt or uncle is that you can leave an upset child and not have to deal with it again until it's calmed down.
They're Great At Making You Feel Smart
Kids are not as smart as adults, or at least they're smart in different ways. But if you need a confidence boost, beating a child at something is a good way to feel good about yourself.
What Is She Planning?
This kid is up to something, and it is no good. She just doesn't want to be incriminated in a crime that she's committed and hasn't been caught for yet.
These Are The Important Moments You Have To Document
Time goes by so quickly, so you have to make sure you document all the important moments in your nieces and nephews' lives. Like their struggle with your previously favorite family member, the dog.
Children Are Perfect For Revenge Plots
Sometimes things in life happen that are bigger than you and I. If the universe has handed you an opportunity to get back at your sibling for years of suffering at their hand, you take it and give their child a noisy toy.
I Think We Were All Thinking It
You can't get mad at a child for speaking their truth. Chances are you were the exact same way when you were a child and they got their sass from you, not their parents.
Be Prepared To Ruin Lives
What you think is all fun and games might turn around to bite you in the butt. You never know what a child is going to cling to and you do and don't want to be responsible.
They Might Turn On You
Your niece or nephew might come at you and ask you questions you're not ready to answer. If this happens, just remind them who the cool adult is in the room and ask if they want that to change.
Life Will Be Full Of Drama
Kids have crazy overactive imaginations and as their favorite aunt or uncle, you might get wrapped up in the thick of it. Their parents aren't going to believe they have a stalker, are they?
Expect Things To Get Weird
It probably seems like the kids in your life are the weirdest of all kids, and they might be. But don't forget that you were probably once a weird kid and that's why you get along so well.
You'll Want To Win Them Over
You're going to want to do whatever it is that you have to do to make sure that your nieces and nephews never forget you so that they don't cry every time they see you when they're small.
Kids Are Going To Tell It How It Is
Don't be alarmed if a child is going to call you out on your stuff, because they will and they will do it in a way that will make you feel really stupid.
They Might Get On Your Nerves
But that's their job as children and you can return the favor when you're older and wiser and they're just older children who are only now realizing how much trouble life can be sometimes.
Isn't This Just Beautiful?
Meeting your niece or nephew is something that is going to fill you with so many emotions. Let's just hope you're emotionally and physically capable of expressing them and don't spiral out of control.
Teach Them Everything You Know About The World
As an aunt or uncle, you have the privilege of being a trusted adult, unlike their parents who you both know, know nothing. Whether you use this for good or for evil is entirely up to you.
They're Going To Test Your Patience
You've got to remember that children are still new in the world and don't know everything like you do. Have patience with them and try not to hold their ignorance against them.
Sometimes What They Don't Know Won't Hurt Them
There may come a time in your relationships with your niece or nephew where you see that not telling the truth might be the kindest thing you can do, especially if you're the one who ate their candy.
Children Can Be Surprisingly Articulate
As an aunt or uncle, you're going to teach the children in your world a lot, but be open to the fact that they will probably have a lot to teach you as well.
You'll Form A Mutually Beneficial Relationship
As we've seen, you and your nieces and nephews are going to be essential to one another's lives. It's a special relationship from which you will both learn and grow and you'll be able to witness all the growing up milestones they hit, like giving up on the world.
They'll Just Get You
You're never going to feel as seen as you do when you're around your nieces and nephews because they get you, but they do it without the judgment you get from the other adults in your life.
In The End, You Really Love Them
Your nieces and nephews will be the lights of your life and who knows, maybe they will inspire you to have your own children... but also probably not, if we're going to be honest.