I could write a “how to be a good uncle” book but it’s not hard to do.

Oh I complain but really it’s flattering. I listen when they talk. I pay attention. I take them seriously. I don’t talk down. I’ll let them win games up to about the age of 7, but then, they get challenged. No more easy-street. More respectful that way ’cause they can see through adult patronizing behavior by then.

I’ve been through a lot of nieces/nephews through the years, so I don’t need Piaget to see the stages. I encourage storytelling, only occasionally challenge “that’s a lie” when it’s mean to someone else or unsympathetic to an extreme.

I could write a “how to be a good uncle” book but it’s not hard to do.

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