Aunts are some of the first people we meet when we are babies. They wait for months to welcome us into the world and happily take over the caregiving duties when our parents need a much-deserved break.
Why Aunts are So Special
This quote is famous for a reason: in order for a child to grow into a compassionate, driven, and happy adult, they need to be surrounded by examples of what that means. There is no one who better assumes this role than our Aunts.
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
An aunt is a friend, someone we can talk to and trust. They know our parents just as well as they know us, so they are an easy person to go to with problems when we’re too nervous to go to our parents.
Aunts are fun. They take us out, spoil us, and make us laugh.
Aunts are supportive. They love to talk about their nieces and nephews and share photos and videos with their friends. They will be on the sideline of every sports game and in the audience of every recital cheering us on.
Aunts are thoughtful. They always know just what to do to make us feel special and loved.
Aunts are honest. They are not afraid to give us tough love sometimes and will give you their honest opinion always. They love you and want what’s best for you – even if it is hard to hear.
Aunts are loyal. They will always stand up for us and have our back. Even when they have kids of their own, their love for us does not lessen. They never seem to run out of love to give.
The Science of an Aunt’s Love
An aunt’s love isn’t just unconditional and instinctual, it can even be supported scientifically. A study published in Frontiers of Psychology shows that when women smell a newborn baby, a chemical is released in their brain that’s similar to as if they’d taken a stimulating drug. This happens regardless of whether or not the woman has had children of her own or not. (1) This doesn’t necessarily mean that it only applies to aunts, but what it does show is that women have the capacity to love and care for a child, whether it’s theirs or not.
But, we like to think it only means that our aunts can’t help but love us – their nieces and nephews are like a drug to their brains. 😉
The Bottom Line
We need our aunts. They are integral people in our lives. They step in when our parents can’t and love us as if fiercely as if we were their own children.
Share this article if you love your aunts, and then go call them to remind them how much you love them, too.
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