How to Avoid Being a Creepy Uncle: Awesome Tips for Becoming the Best Uncle Ever

There’s nothing worse than a creepy uncle. You know the one – always making unwanted advances, showing too much interest in your personal life, or just generally making you feel uncomfortable. If you don’t want to end up being that guy, read on for our top tips on how to be the best uncle ever!

I decided to write this article after seeing too many uncles behaving badly. It seems like every other day there’s a new post on Reddit about some uncle who’s done something inappropriate. And while it’s easy to write these guys off as creeps, I think there’s a lot more to it than that.

sad creepy uncle all alone

Many of these uncles are probably just lonely and looking for someone to connect with. They may not know how to express themselves healthily, or they may be dealing with some unresolved issues from their childhood. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that they’re human beings just like us.

With that said, here are our top tips for avoiding being a creepy uncle:

Don’t touch your niece or nephew without asking first

This should be a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating. Keep your hands to yourself unless you have explicit permission to do otherwise.

It’s important to remember that not everyone is comfortable with physical contact, so always ask before touching your niece or nephew. If they’re not comfortable with being touched, respect their wishes and find other ways to show your affection.

Respect their parents’ wishes and don’t overstep your bounds

If your sister or brother-in-law says they don’t want you giving their kids sweets before dinner, then don’t do it. It’s not worth getting them worked up when you’re just trying to be a good uncle.

I’ve seen too many uncles try to be the “cool” uncle and it always ends badly. Be the supportive, helpful, and reliable uncle instead. Your niece or nephew will appreciate it more in the long run.

Talk to your niece or nephew about things that interest them, not just yourself

Kids are people too, and they’re usually more interested in hearing about what’s going on in their lives than listening to you ramble on about your latest project. So ask them about school, their friends, or whatever else is going on in their world.

For example, if your niece or nephew is into video games, ask them about their favorite ones and what they like about them. Or if they’re into music, ask them what their favorite bands are and what they like about their songs. You can even get a little bit more personal by asking about their hobbies or what they want to be when they grow up. No matter what you talk to them about, just make sure it’s something that interests them – that’s the key to being a good uncle!

Give them space – let them have time to themselves without always being around

It can be tempting to want to spend every waking moment with your niece or nephew, but it’s important to give them some space. Let them have some time to themselves or with their friends, and they’ll appreciate you all the more for it.

One way to give your niece or nephew some space is to not always be around. Make yourself available, but also give them time to themselves. This could mean taking a step back and letting them come to you, rather than always being in their face. You’ll probably find that they’ll start coming to you more as they get older and want to share things with you.

Be a good role model – show them that you’re a responsible adult who can be trusted

This one is important. If you want your niece or nephew to respect you, you need to show them that you’re a responsible adult who can be trusted. That means being respectful of their parents, being on time, and following through on your promises.

One great way to show your niece or nephew that you’re a responsible adult is to always be respectful of their parents. This means being on time for visits, not talking back, and following through on any promises you make.

Let them know that you’re always available if they need you, but don’t smother them

Make sure your niece or nephew knows that you’re always there for them if they need you. But at the same time, don’t be overbearing or smothering. They should know that they can come to you with anything, but that they don’t have to feel like they’re constantly being watched.

An easy way to do this is by having a standing date – like going out for ice cream on Saturdays, for example. That way, they know that you’re always available, but they don’t feel like you’re constantly hovering over them.

Have you got what it takes?

happy uncle smiling

Doing these things will go a long way towards making sure you’re not the creepy uncle. And who knows, maybe you’ll even become the best uncle ever!

Do you have any other tips for being the best uncle ever? Share them in the comments below!

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