Uncles and Aunties and all things polite

If your life was anything like mine growing up you spent a LOT of time saying ‘Oom’ (Uncle) this and ‘Tannie’ (Aunt) that and kissing older people on the mouth and having your cheeks pinched by those very same Tannies reeking of lavender and spice.

Etienne and I make the kids call older people Tannie/Oom and it has never bothered me that other people’s kids might not call me Tannie.

Tannie Tania. The thought alone makes me squirm. And then puke a little in my mouth. How’s that for double standards?

Over the weekend we were with English friends and it came up in conversation. They aren’t too fussed about the whole thing, but asked me to ask everyone on the interwebs what they do.

So. Do you expect your kids to call people Aunt/Uncle or are you comfortable with first names?