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Focused on aunts: those special women who stand beside our mothers,love us from the start, and help us discover who we are.
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Aunt and Niece: The Unique Relationship

Aunt and Niece: The Unique Relationship | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Hub about the unique relationship between aunts and nieces, two women thrown together by birth, but kept together by love.
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This is an article I wrote about the special relationship between aunts and nieces. Based on my own experiences. 

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The Real Jane Austen: Aunt, Real Woman, Flirt

The Real Jane Austen: Aunt, Real Woman, Flirt | All About Aunties | Scoop.it

The Guardian reviews the book, "The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things" as a book that shows Austen's life through 18 objects in the writer's life.

 

What emerges is a lively, engaging woman instead of the woman often portrayed by her admirers. 

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This interesting review of the book, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things" shows how the writer, Paula Byrne, studies Austen from the point-of-view of things in her life, and shows a woman who was lively and engaging, and loved children. 

 

We find out that Austen not only had several flirtations, but also loved children, being a well-loved aunt to her many aunts and nieces. So, even though she was childless, she was, by no means, without children in her life. 

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Dear Aunt Susie, Lost Love Letter by Lynn Hubbard: Waiting: A ...

Dear Aunt Susie, Lost Love Letter by Lynn Hubbard: Waiting: A ... | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Being my favorite Aunt, you bought them for me and snuck them out of the store. My parents were VERY upset at both of us when they found them in my room. Sorry Aunt Susie. Eventually we ended up in Michigan too.
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A beautiful, moving letter to a beloved aunt who died far too young. 

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The role aunts and uncles play in creating a family

The role aunts and uncles play in creating a family | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Researchers Bella DePaulo and Robert Milardo explore the importance of collateral kin—aunts, uncles and others in extra-nuclear support systems.

Via Gina Stepp
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A new research study examines the ways in which aunts, uncles, and grandparents help in parenting children, and how nuclear families really aren't just nuclear, because aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents play a crucial role. 

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'Hawaii Five-0': Carol Burnett has 'great fun' as McGarrett's aunt - Zap2it.com (blog)

'Hawaii Five-0': Carol Burnett has 'great fun' as McGarrett's aunt - Zap2it.com (blog) | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
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'Hawaii Five-0': Carol Burnett has 'great fun' as McGarrett's aunt
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"Her character had been a singer, and she gave up whatever career she might have had to raise the niece.
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Carol Burnett plays an auntie on Hawaii Five-O ... it would be great to see Carol Burnett on television again. 

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6 best things about being an aunt. | Carrie L. Sunday

6 best things about being an aunt. | Carrie L. Sunday | All About Aunties | Scoop.it

I've been an auntie for a long time. Since I was 5 years old. 

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This auntie shares six of the best things about being auntie. So true! You are their friend, and you don't have to be "bad guy" (usually!)

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"I love being an aunt. It is one of the greatest jobs I’ll ever have. Ever." I agree! 

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My nephew is trying my patience - Qcity metro

My nephew is trying my patience - Qcity metro | All About Aunties | Scoop.it

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Don't you know we aunties are the best thing next to moms. My nephew Corey and I have such a special relationship. I can't wait for you to have this experience.

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Advice columnist, Alma Gill, reprimands an auntie for not understanding how important aunts are to a child, and asks her to start getting more involved by helping her sister. 

 

It is so true that aunties play a very important role, and act as a "second mommy" in many cases. 

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Blessed Scrapper: American Crafts: I Love Being Your Aunt

Blessed Scrapper: American Crafts: I Love Being Your Aunt | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Good morning! This has been American Crafts week on my blog! Today I have my monthly American Crafts assignment to share with you that was on the blog last week. I had a just for fun theme so I enjoyed this one!
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Absolutely fantastic scrapbooking card made from an auntie to her nephew. Gorgeous!

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Celebrating Grandparents and the Value of Generational Love - Huffington Post

Celebrating Grandparents and the Value of Generational Love - Huffington Post | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Celebrating Grandparents and the Value of Generational Love
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I never could have imagined that anything could be better than being their aunt, but then I became a great aunt.
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How being a great-aunt is almost like being a grandparent .. and the joy that these roles bring! 

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Crafty Birthday Gifts from Nieces | Eclectic Lamb

Crafty Birthday Gifts from Nieces | Eclectic Lamb | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
My nieces gave me amazing handmade gifts for my birthday this year. I received ... My 8 year old niece used fabric markers to decorate both sides of a pillowcase. I love it! ... Completed Bookmark (stitched by Niece and Aunt).
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An aunt shows off the beautiful hand-made gifts she has recieved from her nieces. 

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My extended family are my safety net, my comfort blanket - The Guardian

My extended family are my safety net, my comfort blanket - The Guardian | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
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My extended family are my safety net, my comfort blanket
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It was my Aunty Olive's 90th birthday recently. We had a do down by the river at Runnymede.
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Writer tellls about how his extended family is always there, quiet and in the background of his life, but a comfort just by being there. Very touching piece.

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6 Ways Aunties Can Nurture Social Intelligence ... - Savvy Auntie

6 Ways Aunties Can Nurture Social Intelligence ... - Savvy Auntie | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Here are six ways for Aunties to be positive role models and help nieces and nephews navigate through new social landscapes.

 

Do you ever look into a child's eyes and just behold the wonder of being small?

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Great ways to be a good influence on your nieces and nephews! 

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Jason McGill returns to family tradition...Being a butcher - Mackay Daily Mercury

Jason McGill returns to family tradition...Being a butcher - Mackay Daily Mercury | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Jason McGill returns to family tradition...Being a butcher
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Aunties ,uncles and his beloved grandma Kate all cared for Jason, his uncle Allan helping him to become a successful cane farmer.
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One of the most important roles that aunts and uncles play are to care for nieces and nephews after a sister or brother passes away. Extended family have historically been the ones who step in, and help raise the children who have lost their parents. 

 

In this newspaper article, a young man tells how his aunts, uncles and grandmother made his childhood good after he lost both parents. 

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Helping Nieces and Nephews Get Rid of Stress

Helping Nieces and Nephews Get Rid of Stress | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
How can a Savvy Auntie contribute to helping nieces and nephews deal with stress without becoming stressed out? Here are some suggestions to get you started: • Recognize the warning signs: Signs of stress depend on age ...
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Yes, even kids have stress! Do you remember fifth grade? 

 

This nice little article from the Savvy Auntie gives some great advice on how to help your nieces and nephews handle stress. 

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Where Are The Books About Aunties?

Where Are The Books About Aunties? | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
I went to a bookstore one day, to buy a book to read to my nephew and nieces. But what I discovered, as I stood amazed, was that there weren't any books about Aunties. “But how could this be so?” I said to my dear darling ...
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A sweet post about how an aunt goes to look in the bookstore for a book about aunts, but there are none to be found. 

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New Trend: Aunts Travel With Nieces and Nephews

New Trend: Aunts Travel With Nieces and Nephews | All About Aunties | Scoop.it

The so-called PANKs—professional aunts, no kids—have the desire and the money to take their nieces and nephews on vacation. It’s a growing demographic that travel agents should tap into.


Via Roland Schegg
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They call them PANKS ... professional aunts, no kids. And they are the latest demographic in the world of travel. 

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PANKS, how awesome is that?!

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How to be a good hostess to kids, when you don't have kids

How to be a good hostess to kids, when you don't have kids | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
When we were growing up, whenever I ate dinner at my Aunty Jenny's place, she would spread a huge bed sheet over the carpet where we ate. It seems like something a crazy lady would do, but when you think about ...
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Some of us aunties don't have children ourselves, but we love to have them over for dinner or some entertainment. Here are some practical tips for getting your house ready for them, and making your place more "kid-friendly." 

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5 Children's Magazines for Nieces and Nephews - Expertise ...

5 Children's Magazines for Nieces and Nephews - Expertise ... | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Nieces and nephews can participate in online activities or play games that are designed to help them build skills for school while their favorite Auntie monitors their progress and reports back to parents.
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Great magazines for nieces and nephews ...

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13 tips for a great life from Fabulous Fairy Godmother and Aunty Ros ...

13 tips for a great life from Fabulous Fairy Godmother and Aunty Ros ... | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Fabulous Fairy Godmother and Aunty Ros took me under her wing when I was 21 and somewhat the worse for wear

 

after a 'difficult' relationship (mine) had my mum pressing some money and a one-way plane ticket to New Zealand.

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AWESOME tribute of a niece to her aunt Ros, that is now gone but lives on in the advice she gives her kids, and now passes on to us, her readers. 

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Aunt of missing children: Bring my niece home!

A desperate search is under way for a California man police believe killed a friend and kidnapped at least one of her two children. Christi Paul from HLN's "...
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An auntie plays the role of family advocate in a heartbreaking case where her sister has been victimized, and her niece appears to be with the killer. "Bring my niece home .."

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Pippa Middleton Loves Being An Aunt | Gather | Gather

Pippa Middleton Loves Being An Aunt | Gather | Gather | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Pippa Middleton loves being an aunt to sister Kate Middleton's royal baby, Prince George. She constantly bragged about the new baby boy while attending...
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The aunt of a prince revels in the role! 

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like a polaroid picture: Being an Aunt is the Best.

like a polaroid picture: Being an Aunt is the Best. | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
I was beyond happy to spend time with this little guy, Wade. He is so big and super smart. This baby sign language stuff is unbelievable. Wade added the sad eyes when he signs for "more". I mean, who can say no to that?
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An auntie shares pictures of time spent with her little nephew. Cute! 

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Auntie's Spice Cake - The 21st Century Housewife

Auntie's Spice Cake - The 21st Century Housewife | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Aunties Spice Cake 1. My maternal Great Aunt, Margaret, was known simply as 'Auntie' by her two nieces and five great-nieces. She figured hugely in my mother's reminiscences about her childhood and my cousins often ...
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A blogger gives a beautiful introduction to the aunt she never knew, but was still special to her,and shares her aunt's great spice cake recipe. 

 

This post shows how aunts are such a part of us, because they are part of our parents, even though we may not know them well. Lovely! 

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The Legacy of an Auntie - Expertise - SavvyAuntie.com

The Legacy of an Auntie - Expertise - SavvyAuntie.com | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
Though I've said it before, it bears repeating that for me, being Aunt Jen is a precious, delicious gift.

 

I have the massive privilege of contributing empowerment, guidance and plain old fun to the lives of my nieces and nephews ...

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FANTASTIC article about the place aunties can have in a niece's or nephew's life: a place of encouragement, because we can see them from a different point of view than their parents, who are so busy trying to keep them fed, safe, and clothed. 

 

So true! We play a different role than the parents, and it is just as important. 

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Creative Fun on Auntie's Day and Beyond! | Noelle's Portfolio

Creative Fun on Auntie's Day and Beyond! | Noelle's Portfolio | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
FAuntastic activities for Aunties by Relation (ABR), Aunties by Choice (ABC), Long Distance Aunties (LDA) and all other Aunties to enjoy with nieces and nephews on Auntie's Day, July 28!

 

For All Aunties – On Your Day.

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Some great ideas for doing things with your nieces and nephews, on Aunt Day, or any day! 

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From Offshore: To All the Crazy Aunties, With Gratitude Forever - Freepress Online

From Offshore: To All the Crazy Aunties, With Gratitude Forever - Freepress Online | All About Aunties | Scoop.it
From Offshore: To All the Crazy Aunties, With Gratitude Forever Freepress Online The lucky ones among us, as we are growing up, have an unrelated uncle or auntie, some grown-up neighbor or coach or friend of our parents who takes us to see "The...
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Aunts and uncles aren't always biologically related ... many of us have an "aunt" or an "uncle" in our life that are simply friends of the family, who give us adult friendship that we need.

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