Why Being An Aunt Or Uncle Is The Best

Why Being An Aunt Or Uncle Is The Best

Having a best friend who loves you unconditionally is pretty awesome.
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1. You're allowed to spoil them.

Ice cream run after school? You bet. Trip to the park? Of course. New loud toy they're been wanting? Already bought and stored for their birthday.

2. You're one of the coolest people they know.

Mom and Dad are lame. Grandma and Grandpa are fun, but Aunts and Uncles are the total coolest.

3. They're like tiny best friends.

Especially as they start getting older. There's no judgment coming from your nieces or nephews.

4. They love you unconditionally.

They love you just because you're you. No matter what happens, even if you do have to have a little tough love sometimes, they'll always love you with their whole heart.

5. And you love them just as much.

I never felt as deep and as pure of a love as I did the first time I held my oldest niece. My small heard of nieces and nephews hold every piece of my heart.

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5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Child

Read about the five main lessons I believe every child should learn while they're young!
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1. How to sew

I feel that this is such an important thing to know in a child's life because for some reason, I have always had the impression that sewing is something that is almost impossible to learn. I never learned it as a child and I really feel like I've been missing out. Having this tactic down under your belt early in life seems like a smart idea too, considering that not everyone is good at it.

2. How to change a flat tire

This is something I still have not yet learned how to do until this day. Personally, I am not very knowledgeable about cars so this too is something that would great to master as a child. Doing this enough as a youngster grows up will eventually become second nature to them! In this way, when the situation of having a flat tire rolls around, the child would be able to perform the process without any hesitation!

3. Start saving money ASAP

"The earlier you start saving, the better off you'll be" is something my father always told me as a child, so I started doing it. Instead, of stashing every little amount of money you receive from birthdays, Christmas, etc., putting a little bit to the side for savings can help exceptionally! Even just five dollars can make a difference, especially if you talk your child into doing it early. It will all add up to be something big one day!

4. Keep the germs away

I cannot emphasize how important it is to ALWAYS wash your hands. I feel like getting sick with a stomach bug or the flu is becoming more and more common throughout the nation, which is NOT a good thing at all! This next generation needs to always have this circling their brains because catching a stomach bug from someone else is not fun!

5. Yes ma'am, no sir

Proper mannerism says so much to adults when talking with a child. It shows that the child embodies self-discipline, maturity, and respect. I was raised to always finish my sentence with sir or ma'am when talking to an adult, therefore I still do it because it became something so normal for me to do. This is probably my favorite lesson for you guys to teach to your children because it will have such a positive impact on the child's life for the rest of their days and it just makes the child look like a neater individual altogether.


Each and every one of these ideas to teach your child are super important to me. Some of these things on this list are areas of skill that I have not even mastered yet myself! With the lightening paced media that is upon us, I believe that your child can take a break from it and really try to master these life lessons! I hope this list can help you or your child in some way for their or your future. Have a blessed week everyone!

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All I've Ever Known Is Long Distance Relationships

Saying goodbye never gets easier. Period.
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At this point, I've given too many 'squeeze tight' hugs to know that they don't prevent the heartache or the absence of a loved one who lives far away; even though I always expect them to. Its never mattered how many extra seconds I held on for. I just knew it was comforting in the moment. Truthfully, long distance relationships thoroughly suck, but I've learned a lot through them.

As long as I can remember, my dad has driven a semi truck throughout the week and is only home on the weekends. When I was little and only tall enough to hug him around his leg, I'd squeeze him as tightly as possible, he would kiss me on the forehead, and tell me how much he loved his little girl. tears... I know. Usually, after he'd hardly get out of the door, I'd run after him for one more hug... It couldn't EVER just be one hug and I still can't tell you why.

Even though there may be some daddy/daughter time that was missed, he's still been there for everything he possibly could have and more.

And even to this day, I say "Dad's home" and my dogs bolt to the door no joke. ((probably because he brings them McDonald's..spoiled)) Bottom line, after twenty years I've realized a few thing things.

a.) It doesn't get easier to say goodbye and wish him a good week.

b.) I still don't call him enough.

Sending extra surprises for him through out the week helped me too. I would slip homemade cookies with a note in his bag so he could find them at some point during the week. I always wanted him to know he's always thought about and that I'll never be able to thank him enough for the time he has sacrificed to support us. I literally won't ever be able to accomplish that but I think cookies help..

My grandparents live forever and a day away (really, only eight hours... but as a kid in a car, it felt like forever). After twenty years of minimal grandparent quality time, I'm still confused as to why our generation doesn't have 'grandma matching' websites?? Spending time with her in the kitchen, cookin' up her famous dessert like every grandma has, is irreplaceable. Living without embarrassing stories of my parents has been a killer too. My grandparents have always live out of state and spending any kind of quality time with them had to be lived within seventy-two hours, three times a year. Now that they're both gone I've realized a few things.

a.) Sometimes there's nothing you can do to change the situation, but you can make the best of it.

b.) Unconditional love will never be defined by distance.

My brother Dan served in the army about seven years ago and whether he was in basic training or Afghanistan, I couldn't wait to Skype or write him letters in only red or blue.. because that's totally the American thing to do.

At one point in his service, I had no idea Dan came home from leave. He surprised me and woke me up for school the morning he got home. I still can't even explain the pure joy in my heart that morning!!

A picture of his daughter had me giggling so hard. She's only four, absolutely beautiful, and going to have to deal with everything I did growing up...(she won't be able to date until she's married hehe).

a.) I don't call him enough either.. Truthfully, some people you just can't call enough, you still unbearably miss them.

b.) Whether it be a picture of his family or he's telling me he's moved up in his job again, I'll always be proud of him as a person. Just because there's only like 1,000 miles between us doesn't mean I don't get overly excited for him. Actually, it makes me hate the miles between us even more.

In high school, my last thought was adding another LDR. After two years of dating my high school sweetheart, we parted ways and went to different colleges. It's takes prayer, patience, trust, and a lot of communication to go so long without seeing my better half. The 48 hours that seem to go by way too fast, are some of the best times we've had together. Yeah, it's not easy but honestly what relationship is?

So out of this crazy mess, what have I learned?

a.) I'm don't fear as much. I've always been a fearful person. Enough that my mom would have to introduce me to friends when we went camping. I never been exactly 'confident' which plays a huge factor into relationships. I've gotten pretty worked up over basically nothing on the phone with Matt. I've questioned my ability in being a girlfriend, am I good enough, what if he meets someone better... the list goes on.

Matt and I are complete opposites because the boy walks with peace and calmness in any crisis while I'm going in circles how not having a clue what to do. Although I worry, he reassures me what's true and reminds me of the truth.

b.) Whether you're in a LDR or with your better half all of the time, you have to intentionally date. Sometimes, we invest our time together in movies, electronics, or other things that distract us away from interacting with each other. We don't get every night or even every weekend now, so we go on really cool dates now, talk about our day, and learn more about each other than ever.

c.) Saying goodbye will never ever ever get any easier. period.

d.) I trust frat boys now. It's a miracle.

5.) Morgie, Dani, and Hannah: my sweet CofO sisters. It felt like a break-up when I transferred schools without them. We survived a year without our cars (it's a College of the Ozarks thing), daily cafe food, General, Organic, Bio-Chemistry, and just getting through our first year away from home together. I've never laughed or cried at 2 a.m. so hard with anyone in my life. We still have a group text and when we see each other, it's like time hasn't passed. Soooo....

a.) You can NEVER replace sisters.

b.) We still visit each other and it will never ever ever get any easier to say goodbye. Also, sometimes you have to be spontaneous with distance. On weekends that you and said friend don't have to work or have homework (which are very rare and impossible to plan) you drive two hours to see said friend.. :)


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