I have always been hesitant about the possibility of having children, leaning more towards skepticism when it comes to the idea of starting a family of my own. Despite this, I am eager to become an aunt soon. The following reasons explain why:
1. An aunt gets to be a confidante
A mother is often a strict enforcer who doesn't tolerate any misbehavior, and every child requires that kind of discipline. I commend all the wonderful moms out there. However, there are moments when children require someone gentler, yet equally responsible, to confide in and confide to. I would excel in that role. I possess the qualities of being a composed and attentive listener, and I understand how to support parental guidelines without losing the trust of the children.
2. My brothers and their girlfriends/ wives would make amazing parents
My siblings and I share comparable views on raising children. I would never allow my nieces and nephews to pit me against their parents because I have great respect for family dynamics and would avoid any unnecessary drama. Moreover, I have no doubt that my brothers would raise bright, curious, disciplined, and independent kids. I aspire to play a small yet supportive role in nurturing my family's next generation.
3. I'm great with kids
Having worked in schools for almost a decade, I have practical experience with a wide range of students, from sweet and gooey kindergarteners to too-cool high school seniors. I am not naive and understand that children can be quite challenging at times. However, I take pride in my capacity to quell a tantrum without ever raising my voice, correct a rebellious teenager without compromising their dignity, and see the good in children even when they are misbehaving. The joy of assisting them in growing into their best selves is immeasurable.
4. I'm not settled enough to raise kids of my own
While some individuals know early on that having children is an integral part of their life's path, I am the kind of person who may change careers at 27, fall in love with someone living hundreds of miles away, or embark on an impromptu overnight hike without much prior preparation. My life is adaptable, and I am content with that.
5. I need my space
Taking occasional breaks to block out the world is vital to my mental health. As an introspective introvert who values privacy, I relish these moments. However, if you hide from your children, someone is sure to yell, "Ready or not, here I come!" As an aunt, I could invite my nieces and nephews to my home when I am refreshed and prepared, and then send them back to their parents when I require some tranquility.
6. Nieces and nephews would keep me on my toes
As a person who seeks solitude, there is a risk of becoming too set in my ways. Staying connected with children is an ideal antidote. Just when I believe I have my routine down pat, they come in and disrupt it with their smelly markers and playful antics. While I am fiercely protective of my personal space, I also require the spontaneous and joyous energy of kids in my life. Becoming an aunt would allow me to maintain a healthy balance.
7. I want to share memories of my brothers' childhoods
As the younger sister, I feel it is my joyful responsibility to keep my elder brothers truthful with their children. I have a plethora of humiliating tales to recount - as well as some wonderful and heartwarming ones.
8. My aunt lived far away and I rarely got to see her
My aunt is a brilliant university professor with a Ph.D. from Stanford and a fantastic sense of humor. As I mature, I find myself increasingly identifying with her and our similar personalities. Unfortunately, because she lived out of state and was incredibly busy, we didn't have many opportunities to bond. Fortunately, all of my brothers live within 20 minutes of me, allowing me to build close emotional connections with their children while also being geographically close to them.
9. I want to share knowledge
I would love to be the bookish aunt - the one who proofreads school papers, provides guidance on book reports, assists with research, and all the other nerdy tasks that my siblings would gladly assign to me. I am aware that the children may not derive pleasure from these assignments, but eventually, they will appreciate my support. As I help them enhance their literary knowledge, they can keep me informed of their hobbies and interests as well.
10. It would get me off the hook
My mother desires to become a grandmother, but she has never pressured or hinted at us about it. It would be wonderful to witness her dream come true. If any of my brothers had children, it would alleviate the self-imposed guilt I occasionally experience regarding my choice to remain child-free.