The auntie role

For many women, the relationship they form with their nieces, nephews, or children of friends can be very rich and rewarding. It is possible to form a strong bond that is filled with joy and happiness. Of course this relationship will not replace having a child, and no one expects it to. However, the "auntie role" is unique, and fostering it can be special in its own way. For example, sometimes when children go through adolescence their relationship with their parents is strained. It is not uncommon that a close relationship with their aunts (and uncles) can provide a vital source of love and support through these difficult times.