My SIL has been dating a really lovely guy for about 6 months. He's great with our 10mo daughter and she loves him. Recently, SIL and MIL have referred to him as 'Uncle' a few times and I don't know if I'm comfortable with that. But I don't know at what stage a partner becomes an Aunty or Uncle as my BILs (my sisters husbands) were around for a long time before our daughter was born so they were obviously referred to as 'Uncle' straight away. To me, the titles of Aunty and Uncle are quite special, I know that a lot of people refer to their friends as Aunty and Uncle to their kids, but to me, they are reserved for family. What are your thoughts?
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12-01-2014 15:05 #1
When does a siblings partner become "Aunty" or "uncle"?
12-01-2014 15:07 #2
Upon engagement/marriage for me.
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12-01-2014 15:10 #3
Same, when they're engaged to be married, married.
12-01-2014 15:10 #4
I became aunty to my Fiancé's sisters little boy after about a year of us being together. We weren't engaged at the time.
12-01-2014 15:12 #5
12-01-2014 15:14 #6
My brother's girlfriend is Aunty to my DD, but they have been together for years and live together.
I think they would need to be pretty much considered part of the family to get Aunty/Uncle. So long term relationship, engaged or married.
12-01-2014 15:18 #7
Well our family is pretty relaxed as we are so small & broken up we have many Aunties & Uncles that are not blood related. They have to mean alot to us though or be a big part of our lives, not just someone we see once or twice at gatherings. I have one sibling whose partners come and go like flavoured icecream, so in that case regardless of whether weve known them for a year or two they would need to be very serious or engaged before we would consider calling them Aunty or Uncle lol.
12-01-2014 15:18 #8
My fiancé (then boyfriend) started calling me Aunty Von when his nephew was around and it just stuck.. DF's sister and her partner never seemed to have a problem with it and the two boys they've had since also call me Aunty Von, I love the boys to bits and happily refer to them as my nephews =)
12-01-2014 15:35 #9Senior Member
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I think when they live together, I think that shows enough sign that they're not going anywhere any time soon. I refer to my brother's partner as Aunty all the time. They've been together for a lot longer than my DH and I (seven years) and own a house together. I feel if I said she's not an Aunt she'd feel very excluded.
12-01-2014 15:43 #10
My sisters partner is uncle, they live together and have been together for years. They will be getting married at some point and he is most definitely part of the family.
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