The 7 best things about being an aunt
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They say that every day is Mother's Day, but really? Every day is PANK's Day. PANKs (professional aunts no kids) get to enjoy plenty of the perks of motherhood, without all the responsibilities. Read on for the seven best things about being a PANK.
1. You're Cool2 of 8
You just are. You live in your own home (this is fascinating to a 5-year-old, the idea of not living with a mommy and daddy, or brother or sister). You go to a job, also fascinating, and you're not there all the time, which keeps you interesting.
2. You Can Spoil Them3 of 8
On her birthday, you can buy your niece the American Girl Doll she so desperately wants. Needs, as she tells you. She may forget about the doll in a few months, but you will so make her day.
3. You're Never the Bad Guy4 of 8
You don't have to give time-outs or badger them about doing their homework. Instead, you can let them stay up late and have a second (or third) scoop of ice cream.
4. You Can Inspire Them5 of 8
You get to introduce them to new things, whether it's taking them on a nature walk or showing them their first airplane.
5. They Can Inspire You6 of 8
As you watch them grow up, you get to be amazed by their creativity, bravery and curiosity. You get to see them become people and wonder at how they got so big, so fast.
6. You're Confided In7 of 8
Because you're cool, they trust you. They'll tell you things they might not tell others, especially their parents.
7. You Get to Leave8 of 8
For an afternoon, a whole day, maybe even a weekend, you get to be the best aunt ever. Then you get to go back to your own life—feeling happily exhausted.
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