Post # 1
So, to preface this story, my oldest nephew is 14 and just started high school last week. I’ve been so nervous about his transition, but excited about all the new opportunities he has now at the high school.
Imagine my surprise this evening when I called to talk to my mom, and he asked if he could take the phone to tell me about school. We ended up talking about school for 20 minutes!! He’s so excited about being at the high school, and thrilled about how much fun he’s having in his Spanish class. My heart was bursting at the seams with pride.
He also included me in some friend gossip, as one of his friends got the phone number of a senior. Sounds like his social group is transitioning just fine.
It’s so strange to me that over the last 6 months, he’s suddenly opened up about friendships, romances, and school stuff to me. I thought teenagers were “supposed” to be totally closed up about all of that stuff, especially teen boys.
How old are your nieces and nephews? Any exciting school stories about them? 🙂
Post # 3
@MrsEdamame: You’re the Aunt and not the Mom, that makes opening up a whole lot easier sometimes!
Good work and keep it up, you might be the person he ends up calling someday after doing something stupid but you’re the lifesaver to prevent the stupidness going to a new level.
Stuff like getting really drunk, but having someone to call for the ride home.
Post # 4
@AB Bride: I hope to keep that line of communication open! I’m shocked that he suddenly seems so comfortable sharing all of this information with me, and I really hope it continues. I live out of state now so it makes it hard to stay as connected as I would like to be.
He is coming to visit us this weekend, so I’m looking forward to more stories from his first few weeks. I really don’t get why so many people complain about teenagers. Yes they can be a bit moody at times but it is such an exciting time of developing identity. (I will however remain in denial for a little while longer that he only has four years until he’s an adult. Why must they grow up so quickly?!)
Post # 5
My nieces are all 3 and under so none of that for this aunty yet but I hape some day! I think it’s great that you two have the lines of communication open and he feels safe talking to you!! It’s great for a teenage boy to have an adult in his life that he can trust and connect with!
Post # 6
That’s great. My niece is 3 (today was her birthday) and my nephew/godson is 18 months. Our communication consists of shrieking and singing at us over FaceTime and the occasional nonsense text message when they steal mommy’s phone but I love them fiercely. I cannot wait until we move and get to see them in person more than a few times a year.
Yay for being the cool Auntie!
Post # 7
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: haha, our youngest nephew is also three, so we get our fair share of “shrieking and singing” FaceTime with him as well. I love it!! It’s so much fun watching them grow up.
Post # 8
@MrsEdamame: My niece is 18 now, and occasionally over the years she’d open up to me about stuff regarding her mom (who is um, not the best person), her own personal life, or asking me questions about the family. I guess because I’m only 15 years older than her, she feels that I’m easier to talk to in lieu of her grandparents or something. 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsEdamame: That is awesome 🙂 Boys that age usually don’t like to talk a lot, you must be one great aunt! I have one niece who is 7 months right now and I hope to be someone she can open up to when she is of talking age 😉 Being an aunty is the best!