Being an aunt was always exciting to me. From playing “family” with my little sister to actually living it, being “Auntie Joey” is one of the best names I have. I’ve done late nights and early mornings, hospital visits, being covered in bodily fluids, the first day of school, punishments, tantrums, accomplishments and a whole lot more. I often get questioned by friends and followers about how I’m so close to my nieces and nephews. Truth is, I simply find time to bond with them. I also created the relationship I wanted with my aunts growing up. If you’re looking for some ways to bond with your niece or nephew, here are four easy ways to get started.
Parenting is work and children take up a lot of the free time they once had. Give mom and dad a break and watch your niece or nephew for a bit. It doesn’t have to be all day. They can use this time off for self-care, date night or even sleep. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know your niece or nephew more.
I have the most fun playing with my nieces and nephews. Set aside the tablets and video games and take them outside to play tag, ride bikes or board games. If they’re school-aged, play “classroom” and let them be the teacher. You’ll get ALL the tea that goes on in the classroom.
Support them in their school plays, candy sales, girls/boys scouts, sports teams, band, chorus, martial arts or graduation ceremonies. You may not be able to make it every time, but show support like taking them to practice or have them show you their moves via Skype or FaceTime. Even as they grow older, they won’t forget.
I don’t leave them out of my traveling experience either. Whether we FaceTime my hotel room, I bring back home a souvenir, share pictures, and videos or simply counting the stamps in my passport, there’s always time for bonding.
What are some ways you bond with your niece or nephew?