Ginna - posted on 10/22/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )
I'm in a bit of a dilemma here.
My male best friend has always been a big part of my life, and as such, my family knew him very well. When my eldest nieces were about two and a half, they took to calling him 'uncle' though nobody had told them to do this. So he now gets called Uncle by all my blood nieces and nephew (my husband's nephews don't, obviously).
Six months ago, I had my first child, a little girl, and since all my nieces and nephew call my best friend uncle, so will she.
The dilemma is this; should my female best friend, who I am not quite as close to, get called aunt? Her children call me aunt, but I would never have thought to have my daughter call her aunt. The only reason she calls my male best friend Uncle is because all her cousins from my side of the family do. So my gut reaction is that, no, they shouldn't, but I don't want to offend her either.
So, do your children call your closest friend 'aunt' or 'uncle'? Do their kids extend the title to you? Do you think my female best friend should also get called 'aunt' since my best friend gets 'uncle'?