If you’re lucky enough to have an aunt, you know how cool she is. She is a loyal friend who is equal parts support, joy, and fun. Aunts are very important people in the life of every child, playing no less a part than parents and grandparents. And it’s not just about being a family member, it’s about making the effort to occupy a special place in the lives of their nieces and nephews.
We at Bright Side value family relationships and want to draw your attention to the role of the aunt, which is sometimes not a simple role to fill, but nevertheless can be really impactful. Aunties are great and here is some proof.
The aunt is one of the few people who knows a child from birth and, accordingly, she often acts as a babysitter, knows their habits, and participates in their upbringing. Who better for parents to entrust their baby with, than a family member? Aunties, grannies, and grandpas are always ready to take care of the children in their lives, but the aunt has more endurance than the grandparents. This allows her to respond to the moods and whims of the child less emotionally.
Despite her adult age, the aunt can act as a friend. The fact that she is not the child’s parent allows her to communicate with them on an equal footing and to find a common language while still remaining an authority in the eyes of the child. And when the aunt sees the kid as a best friend, it’s so easy to have fun and fool around together, while creating pleasant and warm memories.
Since children are sometimes afraid of how parents might react to this or that news, it’s easier for them to talk about their problems with another person. And at this moment, it’s the aunt’s turn to impartially listen to the child, without anger, disappointment, or accusation. Afterward, she will be able to give valuable advice based on her rich life experience, provide support, and help the child deal with problematic situations.
The presence of the aunt in a child’s life allows them to form family values. The child follows the example of their parents who are close friends with their sisters, and they see them as role models in forming and understanding family relationships. They will even try to communicate in the same way with their siblings and other family members. And what could be more valuable than strong bonds with loved ones?
The aunt knows the child’s parents very well, so she can tell the child a lot about them. By sharing memories and stories about their childhood and youth, the aunt is able to strengthen her relationship with the child. She allows them to look at their parents with different eyes and learn some interesting facts that make the child understand their parents and get to know their lives better. And let’s be honest, the stories about our parents’ youth, especially without them being there to censor them, are extremely exciting and interesting.
And as long as the aunt knows both parents and the child, she can act as a mediator. Generational problems can happen in families sometimes. Parents don’t know how to talk to their children, and the children in turn believe that their elders don’t understand them. And the aunt can try to convey to each side the wishes and claims of the other. She doesn’t participate in this dispute and therefore she sees the situation from the sidelines. In this case, both the parents and the children will listen to her, as she is an adult and a friend at the same time.
It’s also important for the aunt who has children to provide the child with friends and playmates. They can spend time at their grandparents together, learn the history of their family, and just have fun gathering in the family circle. And, if the aunt has no children, then it’s the kid’s turn to help her. Childless aunts find that their nephews and nieces are an opportunity for them to give their love, care, and tenderness to children, without having their own little ones.
The role of the aunt in the child’s life can’t be overemphasized. She is important, she is part of their family and life, and she will always be there for her nephews and nieces. She loves them and there is no need to wait for a special occasion to tell her that this love is mutual.
Do you have an aunt or maybe you already have nephews and nieces yourself? What is the relationship like between the 2 of you? Share your story with us in the comments.
20 Awkward Cats Who Fall Asleep in Crazy Ways
Cats have mastered the art of sleeping, which is not surprising since they spend most of their day asleep. The thing that surprises us is the law of physics-defying positions they fall asleep in. They often leave us amazed or even a little freaked out, but they’re comfortable so we shouldn’t complain. They make for some of the funniest pictures after all!
Bright Side wants to show you 20 pictures of some furry knots that truly amazed us. Also, we have a little puzzle for you in the last picture!
20. When you don’t have a blanket, so you need to cover yourself with your own legs
19. In the newest cat bed, you can roll around while sleeping.
18. Pocket kitten taking a little nap
17. Who needs cat beds anyway?
16. When you’re so tired that you can’t even make it to bed:
15. As if we needed more proof that cats defy the laws of physics…
14. Not sure if the cat is dreaming of sunbathing or flying.
13. This cat read about a sleeping position called “the snail”.
12. Someone had an exhausting day at work.
11. A cat’s mission is to find every spot suitable for sleeping.
10. We can tell that this cat is very comfortable.
9. A fur spiral
8. Another cat that doesn’t need a blanket to cover itself!
7. Enjoying the sunshine
6. When your nap is so good, you start melting:
5. Always be camouflaged, even when you’re sleeping.
4. When you don’t exactly fit, but it doesn’t stop you from taking a nap:
3. We think this cat is dreaming of flying like Superman.
2. Bones are overrated anyway.
1. Here’s your puzzle! How long did it take you to find its head?
Cats are adorable when they sleep and they never fail to amaze us with their quirkiness! Have your cats fallen asleep in strange positions? We need to see them! So please, make our day and everyone else’s by showing us!
Bernie Sanders’s reparations comments could hurt DSA 2020 endorsement
Sen. Bernie Sanders’s refusal to give a full-throated endorsement of reparations is throwing a wrench into his long-expected endorsement from the Democratic Socialists of America.
The DSA’s AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus, a section within the organization focused on race and people of color, is asking the DSA’s national political committee to withhold its endorsement of Sanders’s presidential campaign over his stance on reparations. The independent Vermont senator has declined to back reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States, arguing that broader anti-poverty programs will help address inequality and that it’s not clear what the term means.
DSA’s members already voted 76 percent to 24 percent to endorse Sanders in a poll conducted by the organization’s leadership earlier this month. The 16-member national political committee is set to vote on the endorsement on Thursday evening. The AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus is pushing for them to withhold that endorsement.
The caucus laid out its reasoning in an open letter to the political committee and explained that while they believe Sanders has advanced in his stance on race, “there is still a disconnect in his approach to economic issues often failing to comprehend how race and class are intertwined.”
“Should the organization move forward with an endorsement of the Sanders campaign, despite his failure to adopt specific policy stances to address matters of persisting racial injustice and despite his unwillingness to champion reparations to specifically address the experience of the descendants of African slaves, it will risk alienating not just members of color within the organization, but people of color in the communities in which the DSA works,” the letter reads. “We ask that the DSA withholds endorsement of the Bernie Sanders campaign for the presidency until Sanders finally acknowledges the validity of black demands for reparations in America.”
Democratic Socialists of America, which claims to be the largest socialist organization in the US and has gained significantly in prominence in recent years. (Jeff Stein laid out for Vox in 2017 what DSA is all about.) It has more than 50,000 members nationwide.
The letter has caused some internal consternation within DSA, which has been criticized for being a heavily white and male organization.
“There is a lot of really frustrated white comrades right now and comrades of color, to be quite honest, about how this is a stupid strategy, and what’s going on, but I think their hearts are in the right place,” Bianca Cunningham, co-chair of New York City’s DSA chapter, told me. “Sometimes, having these discussions is uncomfortable, and it means you even have to challenge comrades who you see as allies.”
What Sanders has said about reparations
Reparations has become a topic of conversation in the 2020 Democratic primary, and multiple candidates — including Sanders — have been asked to weigh in.
It’s worth noting that reparations polls poorly among the general public, but is more popular with younger voters and voters of color — prime parts of the Democratic base. It has thus gained credence among those on the left as the Democratic Party becomes more aware of and responsive to issues like the racial wealth gap. Black voters make up about 25 percent of Democratic primary voters, a constituency Sanders struggled with somewhat in 2016 but one with which he has been gaining support more recently.
At a CNN town hall event with journalist Wolf Blitzer in February, Sanders was asked about reparations. He said that there are “massive disparities that must be addressed” but did not come out in favor of reparations. Sanders pointed to legislation he likes, including Rep. Jim Clyburn’s (D-SC) 10/20/30 anti-poverty program, which he has endorsed. It calls for more federal resources to be sent to communities with high, sustained levels of poverty.
Sanders said we have to do “everything that we can do end institutional racism in this country” and “put resources into distressed communities and improve lives for those people who have been hurt from the legacy of slavery.” But he wouldn’t come out in favor of reparations, and he said it’s not clear what the term even means.
“But what does they mean? What do they mean?” he said. “I’m not sure that anyone’s very clear. What I’ve just said is that I think we must do everything that we can to address the massive level of disparity that exists in this country.”
The DSA caucus calling for the organization to withhold its endorsement cited Sanders’s comments at the CNN town hall. They said he appeared “defensive” and “the dismissive nature of the response effectively shut down the opportunity for meaningful conversation on this issue.”
Sanders was also asked about reparations in a subsequent appearance on the talk show The View and again declined to back them. “I think that right now, our job is to address the crises facing the American people and our communities, and I think there are better ways to do that than just writing out a check,” he said.
That Sanders is not supportive of reparations is not a surprise — he did not support them in 2016 either, claiming they were “divisive” and nearly impossible to get through Congress. (President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did not support reparations, either.) More broadly, Sanders has struggled with his messaging on race. In 2015, Black Lives Matter activists disrupted one of his speeches.
A Sanders spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the DSA’s reparations debate.
Reparations have become an important issue in the 2020 primary
The issue of reparations has become a notable topic of conversation among 2020 Democrats.
Vox’s P.R. Lockhart recently delved into the debate and what candidates have said about it. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), for example, have expressed some level of support for reparations, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is running on a proposed “baby bonds” program that would help close the racial wealth gap.
But as Lockhart notes, the issue — and the discussion around it — isn’t clear-cut:
Some candidates have also noted that reparations — the process of apologizing and providing restitution to those harmed by slavery and its legacy — would serve as payment for a debt America has yet to truly acknowledge 150 years after emancipation.
But they’ve stopped short of actually calling for reparations programs. Instead, experts say that some candidates have muddied the waters by framing universal programs that would help black communities as a form of reparations — which they aren’t.
The discussion has touched on a longstanding debate about what the United States owes to the descendants of enslaved men and women — a population that has been systematically denied wealth and opportunity in a country built with the stolen labor of their ancestors.
Sanders’s approach to racial issues has historically been centered on economic inequality and the idea that communities of color would benefit most from his proposals such as Medicare-for-all and free education. Nelini Stamp, who heads strategy and partnerships for the Working Families Party and supports reparations, in a recent interview told me that’s not enough.
“Similar to having capitalism be a bad word, we need reparations to be a good word,” she said.
Stamp added that people who back Sanders should pressure him on the issue as well. “There should be actual outrage from Bernie’s strongest supporters about his reparations comments,” she said.
Sanders will probably still get the DSA’s endorsement
It’s not clear what, if any, effect the DSA AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus’s letter will have on the organization’s decision on backing Sanders. Its membership appears to overwhelmingly support the move, though there has been some debate about whether it’s the right move.
The national political committee is set to debate and vote on the endorsement on Thursday at 9 pm.
Beyond this vote, the discussion about reparations and, more broadly, race, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, in the context of the Sanders campaign or among democratic socialists more broadly.
“I don’t think the problem is that they’re pushing for this, I think the problem is the way that people receive it,” Cunningham, from New York’s DSA, said of the AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus’s letter. “And so, we hear some people saying, ‘This is going to tear apart the organization.’ Well, it doesn’t have to. You can receive this in good faith and really engage in this in a good faith way.”
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