Things I Want My Newborn Niece to Know

Advice for my newborn baby niece

My youngest sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl today. Perfectly formed and weighing 7lb 5oz after a 40 HOUR LABOUR, Baby Squidge (as she will be referred to from now on on the blog) is the first baby and grandchild in our small family of four. As my first and only niece, these are the things that, on the day of her birth, I want her to know.

You are loved and will never be alone. No matter where you are and what you are doing, you will always have a family that you can call on for anything.

Unfortunately, you may meet people that don’t like you. You will meet people who try to validate themselves by trying to tear you down. None of it matters. Love yourself and who you are – it will be one of the greatest lessons you’ll ever learn in life. What others think of you is none of your business.

Be nice to your parents. Say thank you.

Keep the confidence of others, but don’t tell anyone anything that you wouldn’t mind the whole world knowing, unless they prove themselves trustworthy.

Nobody expects you to be the best at everything, but as long as you DO your best, nobody can ask for more.

You’re going to make mistakes. Learn from them, apologise where necessary and move on.

It doesn’t matter how cute you are, you will never be able to play with Uncle Bloke’s Lego sets. The Duplo is yours.

Always be kind, be generous, be helpful, but don’t be a doormat.

Try. Take risks. It’s better to have tried and failed than never tried at all.

Don’t waste your time telling lies. Half your family are teachers – they’ve seen and heard it all before, and trust me when I say that WE WILL KNOW.

Use deodorant.

NEVER base your opinions on a person on their physical attributes. ‘Attractive’ does not mean ‘nice.’

Do NOT let your parents sell your childhood toys in a car boot sale. You’ll reach thirty years old and realise that they are now worth thousands of pounds.

Don’t eat garlic the night before a job interview.

When you fall in love, be it with a boy or a girl, we will support you. That is, once we have secretly done an MI5 quality investigation to check that they are deserving of you. However, don’t tell someone you love them unless you absolutely mean it.

Don’t be afraid to wear big knickers. Those badboys will be your only source of comfort on some days!

Have dreams and goals, but remember that you are never above any job.

Don’t lend money that you can’t afford to lose completely.

Find your passion and pursue it with every fibre of your being.

You have been brought into this world for one purpose – to live your life. You’ll be given guidance and introduced to lots of new ideas and experiences, but ultimately you should make your own decisions as to what is best for you. From the music that you listen to, to the books that you read, the films that you watch, the places you visit and the career path that you choose, make it an authentic life that focuses on your happiness, not the dreams that others may have for you.

Love, Auntie Suzie xx

66 thoughts on “Things I Want My Newborn Niece to Know

  1. Congratulations to both your Sister and your family! 🙂
    She’s lucky to have an aunt who is filled with such wonderful and loving advice. I hope she sees this post when she’s old enough to understand, and sees how loved she was from the very beginning 🙂

  2. Congratulations on becoming an aunt! 😀 That is so much fun, you know, because you get to play with the baby and then when it gets uncomfortable, tired, hungry or cranky, you can give it back to her parents, muahaha!

    Just kidding. Happy she’s all healthy and loved your post. I say print it for your niece and keep it somewhere safe so you can give it to her in a good amount of years.

    PS: 40 HOURS!? Oh my…

  3. This is one very lucky girl. She has an aunt who is going to love her forever. She will learn so much from you and you from her. Reading this post brought me to tears, how lovely it is. But, I do foresee her and Uncle Bloke playing legos together, well, because, she is going to have him wrapped around her little fingers. So happy for you and your family. Enjoy this precious bundle of love.

  4. Congratulations to mum and dad and the whole family! I send my wishes to Baby Squidge for health and joy – and to her mum for a very long rest, which she may get in 18 or 20 years.

    Love your letter to your new little niece. You’ve definitely got it right, Suzie. You’re on your way to being one outstanding auntie.

  5. Congratulations! I look forward very much to ‘watching’ Baby Squidge grow up! Thanks for the reminder to ‘use deodorant’. I already ‘wear big knickers’. xoxoxo

  6. What a wonderful list. I don’t know which thoughts I like best… the big knickers (so true), have dreams, don’t eat garlic before an interview? From irreverent to sublime all are true.

  7. Excellent advice! I also come from a small family of four and between my sister and I we now have 5 children! I will never ever forget the day my nieces were born and they are still a very important part of my life!

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