Aunt and Niece: The Unique Relationship

Brought together by blood. Kept together by love.
Brought together by blood. Kept together by love.

Becoming an Aunt

Becoming an aunt is completely out of one's control. When your sister or sister-in-law becomes a mom, you become an aunt. There is no life planning or great thought put into this occasion: basically, it just happens! And it changes your life.

In a similar vein, one does not choose to become a niece. You simply are one, by virtue of being born into a certain family.

A niece is a daughter of a sister or brother, a name, and a technical term. It is a female related by blood. It is not a parental relationship, where roles are clearly defined. Nor is it a stranger, where no roles are necessary. It is a special relationship, nonetheless.

In this article, I will take a look at the unique bond that exists between aunts and nieces: two females brought together by blood, but kept together by love.

My life changed the day my niece was born and I became an aunt.
My life changed the day my niece was born and I became an aunt. | Source

The Unique Relationship

There is something special about the relationship between aunties and nieces that is like no other. The aunt plays a unique role in a little girl's life, different than a mother's role or a grandmother's role. The aunt is usually a peer to the mother, and equal in the family hierarchy, unlike the grandmother, who is one generation up. The aunt is the mom's equal.

The aunt knew the mom first, and the niece is born into that female relationship, whatever that might be. If the parent was close to the aunt beforehand, the niece will benefit from that relationship.

If that relationship is strained, the one with the nieces may be a bit distant, unless the two make an effort to repair it. The aunt is a woman in the child's life that will always be there: through moves and changes, ups and downs. Unlike friends, who can come and go, aunts will always be aunts: a steady presence in a niece's life.

The aunt has known the child as long as the Mom and Dad has. She knows the history of the family, but from a different angle. The aunt knows the family history, too, and can give a powerful sense of perspective to a niece who wants to know more about the pre-her life of mommy and daddy.

My two beautiful nieces -- a drawing.
My two beautiful nieces -- a drawing. | Source

My First Niece

When my oldest niece was born nine and half years ago, the waiting room was busy with her family who were absolutely breathless to see her. Two of her new relatives were two aunts that loved her equally, and waited together in intense anticipation.

I was auntie number one, the sister of the mother. Auntie number two was the sister of the father. Both of us became aunts that day, and what a day that was.

My sister had a difficult pregnancy, to say the least. She had lung complications to start with and then the little darling refused to come out on time, forcing mommy into a Cesarean delivery that lasted over twenty-four hours.

We all waited around the clock, hovering at or near the hospital, praying for a miracle. And come out she did, finally. Screaming and all-out mad at being shoved so abruptly into this world. And she was the most gorgeous piece of baby you ever saw! Not that I'm biased.

When she came out, her mom and dad held her for a short while. Then she was whisked away to the incubator room, where she lay writhing and crying under a hot light. Her grandma and her two aunties made inquiries and managed to track her down within the labyrinth of that enormous hospital.

As soon as we spotted this explosive little bundle with dark curly hair and a perfect little red body, we could not hold back our excitement and screamed in utter jubilation.

My mom, the grandmother and the matriarch, did not wait for protocol, and check with the nurse to see if we could hold her. No, taking all rights into her hands, she went in to hold her granddaughter and welcome her into the family. We aunts held back a bit, waiting for permission, but beamed in pride at having now become aunties. We now shared a new bond, these two aunties, forever together in a love for this child that would never end.

My creation.
My creation. | Source

My Second Niece

Only An Aunt ...

can give hugs
like a mother,

can keep secrets
like a sister,

and share love
like a friend.

-- Unknown

I was not able to be there in person for the birth of my second niece. I was living too far away to get there on time, and even when I did, she had bonded so strongly to mommy that she hardly took notice of me for the first year and a half.

The relationship with my second niece was one I had to work a bit harder to establish. Because I did not see her every day, she saw me as more of a stranger. Whenever I saw her, though, I played with her, and loved on her, all the while giving her space.

Around the age of five, she declared to her mother, "I miss Auntie," and from then on, she and I have been close. She loves to show me her room, and last summer, she learned how to sew, and made an incredible pillow, with the word "Aunt" stitched upon it.

Jane Eyre and her Aunt Reed
Jane Eyre and her Aunt Reed | Source

Portrayal in Literature

In literature, an aunt is often portrayed as the alternative caregiver for a child if the mother passes away. She is often cold and uncaring, forced into caring for the young one, but doing so only as a duty. This typical aunt is found in the novel, Jane Eyre, with the wicked and cruel Mrs. Reed, Jane's aunt by marriage, who treats Jane as less than her own family.

Another common aunt type is a female who must come in after the mother has passed away, to help care for the children and the household. For better or worse, the aunt is a presence in the child's life, and may seem to act quite selfishly. An example of this is in To Kill A Mockingbird, where a prissy Aunt Alexandra comes to care for Scout, and try to persuade her out of her tomboy ways.

A much more flattering image of an aunt can be found in the modern novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, where Aunt Sissy is the flirtatious sister of the Katie Nolan, whose generous nature gets her trouble with men, but makes her love her nieces and nephews extravagantly.

I love my nieces!
I love my nieces! | Source

We Are Fun!

Unlike the often troubled images of aunts portrayed in literature, aunts in real life are often considered to be fun. Some aunts are the fun shadow of the mother: unencumbered by the daily tasks of cleaning, bathing and disciplining the child, and able to add extra colour and excitement to a child's life.

I myself remember very clearly my Aunt Dale taking us for rides, and making a song about every single thing that you saw, such as:

"There goes the blue blue cadillac,
It would look better if it was black.
The rain is coming fast and true,
As we ride along this day anew."

Literally, she would make songs about nothing! And it was fun. Some aunts are just like that.

Our Special Relationship

I suppose I will always be known as Charlie's Aunt.

— Princess Margaret

I am an auntie, and I am proud of it. As an aunt, I feel a strong obligation to be there for my nieces. I share a bond with each of them that is very special. Because of the distance, I only see my nieces three or four times a year.

But these visits are an essential part of our lives. With my one niece, I talk about books and fantasy literature, like C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. With my both my nieces, we are silly together.

They are silly with me, and I with them, in a different way than they are with their Mom. I am like a kid with them, and that is okay, because I don't have to be the one to discipline them every day.

The Aunt of the Twenty-First Century

In doing research for this article, I came across an interesting website called Savvy Auntie. This site is a place for women, including aunts, godparents, and great aunties, who love the kids in their lives, but don't have kids of their own.

Run by Melanie Notkin, the site offers activity ideas, gift suggestions, free articles and a community for aunts. Melanie has also written a companion volume to the website called Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids. The book has excellent reviews, and is one that I would like to pick up myself.

A resource directed at the other side of the aunt-niece relationship, is called What Aunts Do Best, What Uncles Do Best. This sweet little book showcases all the cool things that aunts (and also uncles) can do for their nieces or nephews.

Aunt Marion was right . . . Never marry a musician, and never answer the door.

— Charles Schultz (found on BrainyQuote)

Traditions With My Nieces

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Since my nieces have been born, I have developed certain traditions with them that I endeavour to keep the best that I can. First of all, we usually spend Christmas together, although last year was the unfortunate year that we were not able to do so. During the Christmas season, my sister and I try to maintain some of the family customs that our family did to celebrate the Savior's birth.

While I'm there my nieces and I usually do at least two sleepovers. The way it usually goes is that the girls come down to the guest room where I am sleeping, and we talk until very late at night, finally stopping the fun with the tired protestation that I simply cannot stay awake a minute longer, and that mommy is going to get mad at us if we don't finally fall asleep.

Another thing I love to do is buy a book for each of them, for birthdays and Christmas. As the bookish aunt, I want to share my love of books with them. They already do read prolifically, but I also want to share that passion with them.

Another habit that we have as a trio, is to share certain stories, told over and over again—joyous ribaldry! One of those stories is the story of how my grandpa, their great-grandfather, "accidentally" used the lady's bathroom at the camp, thus creating dire embarrassment in the hearts of his two daughters, my mom and my aunt. This story has been passed on from my mother, to me, and now to my nieces. I love passing on family history.

My nieces also love to talk about past summers and Christmases, and we love to recall in great detail the time we got locked out of the pool at my apartment. My nieces also remember my pre-marriage days, which they barely can remember, but ask me to fill in the details.

© 2011 Sharilee Swaity

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

I couldn't agree with you more! When I was little I had an Auntie who I thought of as my own personal fairy god-mother. My oldest niece was born on 26 July 1989, for all of her life she has had not two, but three parents, and I have had enjoyed the privilege of being her third parent for all of these years. She and her husband and their son, recently moved 1200 miles away, but we still talk on the phone everyday, several times a day. Lovely hub about a great subject!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Auntie, right on! Go, aunties! And aren't nieces wonderful? :)

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Great job! this is such a precious hub that I have voted up and beautiful. Love how you have defined the role of the Auntie and shared with the reader your experience of becoming an aunt for the first time. Excellent hub.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

When I was growing up I had an Aunt Bea that filled all those parental spaces that had been left unfilled. She was my greatest supporter and a friend, as well as an adult authority figure. Aunts are indeed special people. Rate up and awesome.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Wonderful read! I do not have a relationship with any aunts or nieces, but my sister and my daughter have an amazing bond. My sister does not have any children of her own, so she thinks of her niece and nephews as her children-on-loan. I love the books you mention. Thanks

marellen 5 years ago

Very're right about Aunties....some we will never forget and that is so true in my family. I had many Aunts, my Mom's sisters who we all love and miss dearly. I'm also an Aunt to one niece but unfortunately we are not close and this saddens me.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi prairieprincess, a very beautifully written and awesome hub, which made it a very enjoyable read !

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

KoffeeKlatch, thanks for your great commment. That's so great that you had a woman in your life that was there to help guide your way. I agree, aunts are very special people!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Sally, that's awesome! I bet they are very close, especially since she does not have kids of her own. I also feel like my nieces are somewhat mine, too! Thanks for the great comment.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Marellen, that is so cool that you grew up around such good aunts. It sounds like your Mom was close to her sisters and you benefitted. Sometimes it doesn't work out like that but it's awesome when it does. Thanks for the great comment! Take care.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Great work you actually did in here and i must confess that i so much love your hub.thanks for writing.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Kashmir, thanks for your kind comment. Take care!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Sun-Girl, thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very cool hub, prairieprincess. what a unique hub topic and I love how you brought the role of the aunt in literature into it. Voted it up. :)

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Denise, thank you so much for your kind words! This is one I had in "draft" for quite some time, but finally finished it up. Take care!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Really enjoyed this!!! I don't have any children but my two sisters have a total of seven. The first was a niece. When my sister was pregnant, I was the one who went to Lamaze classes with her since her husband was working and in school. You would have thought I was the one having the baby with all my excitement. When my niece was born, I couldn't get enough of her. For the first year or so, I seemed to be the only one who could get her to go to sleep. My sister would call me all hours of the night to come over and help. I loved it! This niece is 25 now and a mother of a 6 year old. But she will always be "my lil girl."

I have another niece and also five nephews. These kids have made my life complete and I feel extremely blessed.

Thanks for this very enjoyable written work.


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WallStickerDecals 5 years ago from US

They are so cool! I would like to have the same relationship like them too.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author


Sorry for the long delay in commenting. I have been away from HP for a while. That is so cool that you have such a close relationship with your niece. It sounds a lot like me and my nieces! Thanks for the great comment!

Decal, thank you so much for commenting!

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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

Great hub which had me reminiscing about my 3 wonderful nieces and all the fun times we have had together. Now that they have grown up, our relationship has moved to another level and i can take advice from them as well as give it. Isn't it wonderful to have nieces???

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Cathy, that is so heart-warming. Yes, it absolutely is! I have such incredible times with my nieces, and intend to never lose that. That is so cool that you are at that point in your relationship with them, that they actually advise you, and it's reciprocal. Go aunties go! :)

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Nieces are certainly special, and hold a special place in our hearts whether we see them frequently or seldom. I also think often of my own aunts who I admired and loved. Even now when they are all gone, I remember the things I learned from them and how much I admired them. Thanks for a very nice hub!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Stephanie, they certainly are! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Take care.

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lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

What a wonderful hub! I found myself nodding and smiling in agreement through the whole thing. I have two nieces I am totally in love with. We live about three hours drive apart and I keep in touch with them through care packages that include scool supplies, craft projects, new clothes, anything I think they might enjoy. They look forward to their Aunt's packages in the mail. It's always a surprise when they receive them. What a wonderful job being an aunt!

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Ic, it's always so nice to hear from a fellow auntie! Those care packages sound amazing! What a wonderful idea to send surprises: that is a great way of showing love. Thank you so much for commenting!

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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

To prairieprincess: Great hub! Aunties come in all categories-blood and nonblood related. I enjoyed this hub immensely.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Gm, thank you for visiting, and I agree that aunties don't have to be blood. So true! An aunt can be anyone that is not the Mom that cares deeply about the child. Great insight! Take care.

Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Voted UP and Beautiful! What a great hub on an important topic which needs some much-deseved attention: aunties and nieces. Thanks for sharing this topic from both viewpoints - personal experience, and from how the relationship is portrayed through examples in literature.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Giselle, I appreciate your lovely comment so much! It was a hub that I had on my heart for quite a while and was glad to see that the topic resonated with other people as well. Take care and I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

I'm looking forward to becoming an aunt later this month! Cant wait! I'll keep all your advice in mind. It's true that aunts in literature are not often portrayed positively, but nothing in life really reflects literature, does it? :)

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Pia, that is such exciting news! I am so happy for you and it will be very special for you, I'm sure. And yes, aunts have kind of received a bad rap in literature but you are so right that reality is very different. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and congratulations on becoming an auntie soon!

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motherinthemaking 5 years ago from Australia

I have three nieces, one blood, two by marriage. I love them all and my huband jokes that his sisters girls 3 & 5 are in love with me. I love seeing their faces light up when they see me (and push right past my husband). I am going to have a baby and make my sister an aunt I can't wait to see her with my bub

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

MIM, you sound like an awesome aunt and I am sure you are going to be an amazing Mom, too! Have a wonderful day!

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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Proud auntie here! It is truly a great feeling, isn't it? Wonderful hub :)

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

PC, it is a wonderful feeling, for sure! You and I are blessed, right? Take care and thanks for your kind words.

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Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

How true this is. My daughter was reunited with her Neice nearly 2 years ago after an 11 year gap, the Neice is now 20 and dotes on her 'new' aunt who is old enough to offer advice but young enough to understand the problems of young women. Great hub, brought back so many memories of my youth when my aunts were still with us, sadly now all passed on, but I had the pleasure for many years and loved my aunts who were more like older sisters.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Bumpsy, that is so awesome that they were able to re-unite. An aunt really can be such a special role for both niece and aunt. I am so glad that it brought back some good memories for you, too. We often don't realize how significant people are in our lives until years later!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. Take care.

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

What a really nice thoughtful and caring hub. Thank you. You did a great job emphasing the beauty and value of aunthood as well as paying attention to the relationship between aunts and nieces.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

ytsenoh, nice to meet you! Thank you for your kind words; I appreciate your assessment. There really is a "beauty" to aunthood; you are so right. Take care!

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

My favorite aunt died last year. I saw her just a week before she died and wasn't able to make her funeral, which my cousins understood. We used to talk at least once a week, laughing and telling each other jokes, discussing the families, keeping up with events, sharing "sightings" of strange and hysterical stuff.

After a year without my aunt Mimi I still reach for the phone when my grandson does one of his crazy, goofy stunts, when I see a funky bumper sticker, when I spot something so bizarre that I just have to call her and report the "sighting".

I miss her. She was my best friend. Her funeral, I understand, was huge in our hometown. That was because, as everyone I'd meet there would say, "Everybody loves Mimi." And it was so true.

I miss you Auntie Meems.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Perry the Cat, she sounds like a wonderful aunt that was truly a huge part of your life. I am sorry for your loss and thank you so much for sharing.

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Happy to do it. She was terrific. Big Yankee fan, too. She loved the athletic guys and used to say, "You mean there's a ball in the game?" Obviously her attention wasn't on the box scores.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Perry, that's funny! That's awesome! I hope I can be that good of an aunt to my two nieces. Take care.

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Me too. I have seven nieces but am really only close to a couple of them. Two I have never met in person but have contacted via facebook, three are quite young and then there's the niece-in-laws. And then my nieces have children, girls, so I should count them as well. Hmmm... seven more.... Yikes! This aunt thing could really get out of hand!

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

PP, I loved this article - I have 2 sisters and four nieces, no nephews (seems to be a shortage of boys on my side of the family, I'm one of 3 girls, no brothers). We share a habit - I also buy books for my nieces (more lately book tokens) and one of my nieces always lets me know that I was an influence on her choice to study Literature, she is set for university next year. I admire all four of them , they are unique girls, fun, feisty, savvy young ladies and I love em all. I am Godmother to one of them too.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Jools, nice to meet a fellow auntie! That is so awesome that you also buy your nieces books, and that you were that kind of influence: how good that must make you feel!

You are blessed indeed to have four wonderful nieces. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care!

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Diane Bartok 4 years ago from Sydney Australia

Wow, this touched a chord with me. Having lost my mother and sister close to each other, my nieces have become closer to me- as their mother's sister, the closest blood to them and I in turn have become closer to my favourite aunt who reminds me so much of mum. With my losses, I am researching the family history. You may want to read my latest story on that - Return to Sicily. I look forward to reading more of your articles. Best of luck.

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Diane, I so sorry for your loss but it sounds like you had a blessing in the midst of it. I will have a look at your story. Thanks SO much for the comment!

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michememe 4 years ago

A great hub. I understand the bond between an aunt and a niece. I have a total of 11 aunts. My parents come from large families. I am closer to my mom's sisters. They have always been present in my life. Two of my younger aunts are like sisters, best friends, and moms. They wear every hat in my relationship with them.

I am an aunt, and my niece calls me "Auntie." I love to hear her say it. The first time I laid eyes on her I cried. I was so happy to have a lil girl via my sister. Our relationship gets stronger and stronger. What I respect about our relationship is how much she trust me.

Great Hub!!!!!

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Michele, it does sound like you have a rich understanding of the meaning of "auntie!" I know what you mean about the joy you felt at being an aunt. I can relate! Have a great night and thanks for the comment.

jess 4 years ago

Are there any journals for niece's and aunts that don't live in the same state but want to get to know each other better, for example I saw a mother , daughter journal but haven't seen one for aunts and nieces?

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Perry the Cat 4 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

Here here! My favorite niece and one of her children just left for New York after visiting me in Texas. I'd love to have a place to get to know my little Flathead and her kids better. And thanks to my brothers' wayward pasts, I keep finding out that I have more nieces about once a year!

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Jess, I don't know of any journals like that but it is a wonderful idea! I wish there was something like that and it makes me think it would be great to publish it! You could start a journal by writing questions on the pages of a beautiful journal. Wonderful idea and thank you!

@Perry the Cat, that's great that you have just spent time with your nieces. Nieces truly are a major blessing! Thanks for the great comment.

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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Wonderful hub. I also have neices whom I adore. I am lucky enough to have four and although I love my sons so very much, they are the daughters that I never have. Voted up!

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

T4an, thank you! That is so cute that your nieces are the daughters that you never had. I know what you mean, because I have two stepsons but no daughters. We need girl time, don't we? Thanks again for the comment.

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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I have a feeling I will have to wait for grand daughters. :) Now that is a scary thought! Have a wonderful day!

mary 3 years ago

i am only 10 and an aunty i love being a aunty

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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Mary, that is so cool that you are already an aunt at ten years old. I am sure you are an amazing auntie. Thanks for the comment!

3 years ago

I became an aunt to my gal "G" (niece) 8 years ago. My sister-in-law and her husband adopted her from China and I was there to see her come off the plane when they brought her home and I'm still here at home joyously waiting for her visits...8 years later. Unfortunately her mom and dad are now divorced and it's been a nasty one for sure!!! But "G" knows that I'm right here for her and no matter what happens to her little world... she can 10000000% count on me because I'm "her" auntie K and I'd rather die than let that little gal down.

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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

K, thanks for the comment! Being an aunt is amzing, and it is nice to meet a fellow auntie!

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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love that you wrote this, Sharilee! I don't have children of my own but have been an active part of my two nieces' lives. My oldest, now 17, and I have spent many a night together. The past few summers, she will come one week per month and go to work with me or stay home with me since I started working from home. We laugh, we cook, we talk--I am the cool aunt. I am sad that she is working now, going to college in a year, and will have her own life. I am hoping she and I will always be close. Her little sister is 12, an I need to start developing that relationship more with her now.

Beautiful hub about aunts and nieces. I might make a copy of this for my Emily when she turns 18 or graduates from college just to let her know that I will always be here for her!

Love this! Voted up and more! Pinned this to my Family Stuff board!

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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Victoria, I am sorry that you are losing your girl to college, but I am sure your relationship will always remain close. It sounds like you are so lucky to have each other! It's so nice to meet a fellow non-parent auntie, too. I don't have children of my own, either, so my nieces are so important.

Thank you so much for your kind words, and also for pinning! It's great to hear from you again. I hope you are done teaching for the year? I still have a week left and just counting the days!

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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I've been doting on kids of my cousins (what do you actually call them? Are they also "nieces" or "nephews" or "second cousins"?) But nothing really beats the feeling when I became an aunt to an "authentic" niece, who is my first. Now she's a toddler and we would enjoy our time together. :)

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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

Lovely! It reminds me of my nieces and the beautiful bond I share with them..Thanks for sharing :)

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is a cute reminder of my own nieces. One in particular is so strongly bonded to me that you'd think she were my child, although she lives in another state. I love giving them experiences that they do not get with their parents, as I am more adventuresome and off the wall. Nephews are fun, too, of course. I tease them that they will need to take care of me when I am old. I am half hoping they'll at least tenderly remember me.

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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Idigwebsites, I am so sorry for the long delay in commenting back! There really is nothing like being an auntie, is there? Thanks for the comment, and take care!

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stephanie mclain 2 years ago from Texas

The day my niece was born was the first time I decided I wanted kids of my own one day. I got to teach her all sorts of things and learn right along with her. She's so precious to me and continues to inspire me every time we are together! Thanks for writing and sharing! :)

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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Lovely reminder of how much I love my nieces . I have a bunch and each one is special and unique. there is one that I am much closer to than the others because she lived with us at our home for several years and we have remained close.

I also have such fond memories of five of my Aunts. There were 8 of them altogether.

The five treated me like a little princess...the others I really did not get to know very well.

thanks for the memories

Angels are on the way to you ps

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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@Toytesting ... I am so glad to meet a fellow auntie here on Hubpages and I am happy that the hub resonated with your experiences. Have a wonderful night!

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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

Flourishanyway....that is so nice that you have such a close relationship with your niece. That's great that you show your nieces and nephews a different side of life than their parents might offer. Thanks for the comment, and have a good night!

Chasity 2 years ago

Hi i am using a quote from the "aunt and nieces unique relationship" and I have to quote it in APA style using author tags, the year this was published and the page number.. I was wanting to know if someone would please help me with that? I also loved reading these stories because I can relate to them with my neice:)

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

You bring up something important here; how wonderful close relatives are:) I will remind my children to call their aunt she lives in England. It is far away but they have a special bound. Great that you share your own experiences as well, a great hub!

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prairieprincess 21 months ago from Canada Author

@Chastity, I am so sorry I missed your comment, and obviously, you have already written your paper. I am honoured you were able to use the quote, and hope your paper turned out well. Take care.

@kerlund74, I apologize for the late response to your comment, but I am still glad that the hub had a good effect in your life. Thanks for the comment. Take care.

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prairieprincess 16 months ago from Canada Author

@Stephanie Mclain, I am sorry I missed your comment so many months ago. I have been away from HP for quite some time, but just wanted to thank you for the comment. It sounds becoming an aunt has truly been a life-changing experience for you. I am so glad you have such a close and loving relationship. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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peachpurple 7 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I never had an aunt who loves that much, I wish I had one

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    Sharilee has been an aunt since 2001, when her first niece was born. Her second niece was born 2 years later. She adores being an aunt.

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