As an aunt or uncle, your position in the family is a little odd. Everybody fusses over grandparents and grandkids, and of course Moms and Dads have a special place in everybody’s list, but where do you fit in?
Wherever you want to, that’s where. Because as a sibling of a parent, you’re not required to babysit or spend all your money on the kids, like grandparents are. You’re not obligated to love the little monsters, either; that’s a job for their parents.
If you’ve felt sidelined in your role, never fear. Most of the other family members are envious. They would rather be watching from the sidelines, too. You don’t need to attract any attention to yourself unless you really want to, and who says it has to be positive attention? Be the aunt or uncle everyone’s afraid of, if you want.
You’ve got freedom. You’ve got options. And we suggest you play it like the wild and crazy guy or girl you are. That’s right, it’s time to let the aunt and uncle freak flag fly.
Check out our tees or hoodies that show a nametag and the words “I’m the Aunt” or “I’m the Uncle.” These make it clear that you’re wearing that label proudly; no name is needed because you’re not about to take responsibility for what’s about to go down.
You can warn them ahead of a time a little bit, though, by giving them all fair warning. Flaunt the craziness with a tee or hoodie that says, “I’m the Crazy Aunt Everyone Warned You About,” or “I’m the Crazy Uncle Everyone Warned You About.” This way you’re covered and whatever you choose to do, well, they had advance notice of how it was going to be.
The best part of this strategy is that your nieces and nephews will love you for it. You’re pretty much guaranteed to win the title of “World’s Coolest Aunt” or “World’s Coolest Uncle.”
On the other hand, you might be perfectly fine with just sitting back and letting it all go by you. You aren’t interested in being cool for anyone. For you, we’ve got a tee or hoodie that says you’re fine being the “World’s Okayest Uncle” or the “World’s Okayest Aunt.” And that’s okay too.
At I Love Apparel, we know families can be tricky and family reunions can be a nightmare. That’s why we make tees and hoodies that every family member can have fun wearing.