Unless you've been living under a rock, or are one of those people who only occupies yourself with smart, meaningful things, you've probably heard that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday. Baby fist pump! Leopard onesie! Other Jersey Shore joke! The pint-size reality star and her son are doing well, and they're currently enjoying an influx of well-wishes via Twitter (and, I presume, real life) from her fellow castmates.
One person to send Snooki some love is best pal, Jenni "JWoww" Farley. JWoww wrote to Snooki: "So proud of @snooki and @JLaValle! Lorenzo is the cutest baby I ever seen. Love him already." To which Snooki responded with: "Aw thank you auntie!"
And now we shall discuss having your kids refer to your friends as "aunt" and "uncle". Are you for it or against it?
Personally, I like it. I think it's a sweet gesture to good friends, cousins, or other people you have a close relationship with. It's a way of making them feel closer to your baby -- and vice versa when your baby gets bigger. I referred to a few of my parents' friends as "aunt" and "uncle" when I was younger -- and it made our relationship seem more special than it otherwise would have had I just called them by their first names.
However, everyone doesn't feel this way. I actually only learned this recently, but some people are against their kids calling non-blood relatives "aunt" or "uncle" -- and some aunts and uncles do not want anyone other than themselves being referred to as such. I sort of see where they're coming from -- they don't want anyone usurping the truly special relationship aunts and uncles have with their nieces and nephews, but ... is it? No one can really "top" them, can they? It's not a way of elbowing them out, in my opinion. It's just a way of spreading the love.
Do you let your kid refer to other people as "aunt" and "uncle"?
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