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7 Ways to Stay Close to Your Nieces and Nephews ...

By Alicia

Are you searching for ways to stay close to your nieces and nephews? Nieces and nephews are special; I know that I treasure mine. These are some tips that you can use to help you stay close to your nieces and nephews. You can be a favorite aunt forever.

1 Be a Fun Aunt

If you want to stay close to your nieces and nephews, you need to be a fun aunt. This does not mean that you allow your nieces and nephews to get away with misbehavior when they are in your care, but you can still have a lot of fun together. Be funny, be on their level and be playful. They will love you forever. They will always have those sweet memories you make together.

2 Play with Them

One way to stay close to your nieces and nephews is to play with them. Children love when someone gets down on their level and takes time for them. Few people take the time to do this. It is a small thing but it matters so much. Even if you can only do this for a few minutes, it will make their day.

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3 Babysit

Take every opportunity that you can to babysit your nieces and nephews. Those are times when you can bond and play and talk and just focus on enjoying them. It is also a gift you can give to your sibling and their mate. They get some adult time which makes them a better parent for your niece and nephew. This is a win-win situation.

4 Don’t Forget Birthdays

Don’t forget the birthdays of your nieces and nephews. Those are great times to show them that they mean a lot to you. It is a time you can connect with them. You can secure a special place in their heart by giving thoughtful gifts. They will also love you for remembering their birthday.

5 Spoil Them a Little

You are the aunt, therefore you get to spoil them a little. You always want to uphold their parent’s hard and fast rules, but why not let them have an ice cream sundae before dinner? Or let them stay up just a bit later? Those are little treats they will enjoy and remember. That is the fun of being an aunt.

6 Be There for Them

As your nieces and nephews grow, you have the choice to be there for them. Be a trusted confidante. Be someone they can come to when they want to talk or are facing a problem. You can play the part of a wise advisor in their life and become close to them at the same time. Once you become close to each other, it is more than likely going to stay that way forever.

7 Keep up with What’s Going on in Their World

This is important. Know what is going on in your niece's and nephew's world. Ask them what is going on with them. Ask them what they are learning in school and who their friends are. Listen when they share those precious bits of information with you.

These tips can help you to stay close to your nieces and nephews but there are other things that you can do, too. What do you do to stay close to your nieces and nephews? I would love to hear from you.

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