They say that raising a baby takes a village, right? Well, all of our villages are composed of different people. For some, the village might be you and your co-parent and maybe a few best friends. For others, it’s a long line of extended family. For those with highly supportive brothers, the village might very well mean the baby’s uncle. I spoke with a few moms on what quality makes their brother an amazing uncle. For some, it had to do with how they interacted with the kids. For others, it was all in the details.
I have an older brother myself, and while I don’t get to see him much these days, I know he’s a wonderful uncle. The main quality that makes him such a great uncle is the same one that makes him such a fantastic brother: he is always there if and when you really need him. My brother has never once let me down. As a child, he defended me from everyone. If a bully was bothering me, he was the first to settle the score. If I was scared of getting in trouble for breaking something in the house, he would always cover for me. As I got older, he gave me rides to see friends and spotted me the occasional few bucks when I needed it. When my son was born and spent months in the NICU, it was my brother who spent the majority of that first week in the hospital with me. For that, i’ll always be grateful.
But my brother isn’t the only good uncle out there. Listen to what some of these other moms had to say about the best uncles in their lives.