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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 15:48 PM   31
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I like it. I think it means that they see the baby as important to them.
Same here.
Me too. It makes the friends feel valued, too. I loved it when my friends husband sent me a pic of their new baby shortly after she was born with the text 'hello auntie Claire'.



 
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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 16:02 PM   32
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I quite like it. But then the only people we tend to see are people who are important to us and who we want to be part of LOs life.
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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 18:12 PM   33
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I could have written your post! It really winds me up too, especially as Alex has two real aunties and two real uncles who spoil him rotten.

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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 18:25 PM   34
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I think it depends. I dont mind "fake" Aunts and Uncles but only if me or DH gives them the title. I do not like when people bring it upon themselves.



 
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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 19:34 PM   35
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I make everyone an auntie or an uncle. Although in our culture it's inevitable. Family have special specific names. There are specific names for mum's brother, mum's sister. Dad's older brother, dad's younger brother and dad's sister. Plus specific names for their partners.So everyone else is an aunt or uncle.

I think its nice. gives the kid a feeling of having a lot of people around and a feeling of warmth and closeness. I don't want my child being cold and stand offish towards people and would hope making everyone an aunt or uncle would help that perhaps. Plus another cultural thing is that you have regard for the older generation. I find it odd caling my friends parents by their first names.
Same here.

I still call my mom's friends "auntie" or "Tante", even my friends' mothers. Children here dont use "Mr." or "Ms" for adults even strangers. It's uncle, auntie/tante.



 
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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 19:59 PM   36
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I personally don't like it. When I went to work one time all of my coworkers were calling themselves "auntie ___" and even though Kenny's not old enough to comprehend I was just sort of weirded out. I don't really like it.



 
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Old Oct 25th, 2010, 19:59 PM   37
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I dont mind close friends being unofficial aunts and uncles but just friends no way



 
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Old Oct 26th, 2010, 00:34 AM   38
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I personally don't like it. When I went to work one time all of my coworkers were calling themselves "auntie ___" and even though Kenny's not old enough to comprehend I was just sort of weirded out. I don't really like it.

I wouldn't like that. No no. Only BEST close friends...that I choose. I am just thinking of my bitchy coworkers and that would really pee me off.



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Old Oct 26th, 2010, 02:32 AM   39
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I make everyone an auntie or an uncle. Although in our culture it's inevitable. Family have special specific names. There are specific names for mum's brother, mum's sister. Dad's older brother, dad's younger brother and dad's sister. Plus specific names for their partners.So everyone else is an aunt or uncle.

I think its nice. gives the kid a feeling of having a lot of people around and a feeling of warmth and closeness. I don't want my child being cold and stand offish towards people and would hope making everyone an aunt or uncle would help that perhaps. Plus another cultural thing is that you have regard for the older generation. I find it odd caling my friends parents by their first names.
Same here.

I still call my mom's friends "auntie" or "Tante", even my friends' mothers. Children here dont use "Mr." or "Ms" for adults even strangers. It's uncle, auntie/tante.
Yeah and if I have a very close friend she gets upgraded to "mum's sister" status. I think it's lovely.



 
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Old Oct 26th, 2010, 02:40 AM   40
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In the family I grew up in, 'auntie' and 'uncle' were terms of endearment given to close friends of my parents who spent time with us as children. It illustrated trust and closeness. I guess it just goes to show how diverse this particular topic is.



 
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