Each month we’re featuring another Cool Aunt and her relationship with her nieces and nephews.
This month’s Cool Aunt is Kelle, a singer and musician living in Tennessee!
CA: When did you first become a Cool Aunt? How many nieces and nephews do you have?
Kelle: I became an aunt through my family tree in 2003, when my brother’s daughter was born. I have many nieces and nephews because I’m everyone’s auntie. I have been called “Auntie Kelle” by my brother’s children and best friends’ children. Some are related and some are not, but I love them all!
CA: In addition to being a Cool Aunt, do you have kids of your own? Or, are you a PANK (professional aunt, no kids)?
Kelle: My husband and I don’t have children yet.
CA: What’s the most fun you’ve had as a Cool Aunt?
Kelle: I love watching them do something that I’ve taught them, whether it’s musical of educational. And it’s fun to see them doing something that I like to do. My oldest niece, I call her my “#1,” likes to make jewelry now. She’s a very creative crafter who likes to make how-to videos for her designs. It makes me feel good to see her enjoying the same hobbies I had at the age of 10. And who knows? She may have the desire to follow in my footsteps and grow up to become a TV host or radio DJ.
CA: What’s on your bucket list as a Cool Aunt?
Kelle: I want to record jazz music for children with them. I have a children’s music CD, “Song & Chants for the Musical You.” But I want to record music with songs inspired by my time with them. For example, whenever we are traveling in the car, one of my toddler nieces likes to get my attention while I’m driving. She likes to ask me to “Look!” So we made up a song with the language she uses to try and get me to look. It makes her concentrate on singing while I focus on the road. But I think other young children would relate to her feelings.
CA: If you could give your nieces/nephews just one piece of advice from you, their Cool Aunt, what would it be?
Kelle: If you believe you can do a thing, you are right. If you believe you cannot do a thing, you are right.