The importance of raising nieces

Ephesians 5:1A few years ago, my twelve-year-old niece became angry with me for the very first time in her life. I don’t blame her. It was my fault. I did what no aunt should do and broke the “aunt code.”

I went to her mom – my sister – with an issue. Out of the goodness of her heart, my niece did something she thought was right.

I tried talking to her but she could not comprehend how her actions could affect others in a negative way. My guidance was not enough.

I have no children of my own and my sister and her husband have always been gracious enough to let me be a big part of my niece’s life. They trust me to show her right from wrong and to help guide her into becoming a young adult.

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

There are many negative influences that want the attention of our beautiful nieces. It is our job as aunts to be positive role models. We can help provide for them a foundation that will remain strong throughout their lives. The Bible gives us instructions on how to do this.

Matthew 5:33 (NIV)

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’

Never break a promise. It may not seem like a big issue to you, but she will remember.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Offer emotional support through words of encouragement.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

When my niece was a girl, she loved a certain television show. I sat down with her and watched the show as often as I could. I became familiar with the show and it gave us a common interest to talk about.

Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

Living close to your niece doesn’t guarantee a close relationship. Make an effort to see her as much as you can. Help her with schoolwork, offer to drive her to piano practice or just sit with her and have a conversation.

My niece was punished for what she had done. She did not speak to me for a few days but eventually forgave me.

She is a young adult now and recently said to me, “You are like a mom, only cooler.” And then I cried, because I love my niece as if she were my own.

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