I have some history with the pretty lady pictured to the left.
While preparing for my review of Melanie’s new book, Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids, I have pieced through the archives of said history and I am so proud to say that I have watched Melanie’s baby, Savvy Auntie, blossom from the ground up. Melanie has created an amazing (and truly appreciated) network of women role models and I couldn’t be happier for her (and for us Aunties!).
SavvyAuntie.com is a beautifully designed site geared toward women who adore children. Whether a PANK, ABR, or ABC, Savvy Auntie is a place chock-full of smart, savvy individuals who are ready to lend an ear and a helping hand to the women who want the best for the little ones in their lives.
Can you see why I speak so highly of Melanie and her empire? A place just for Aunties! It may sound kind of silly but SavvyAuntie.com is sort of a place where I can put my mommy hat aside for a few minutes and focus on my relationship with my nieces and nephews. Am I being the best Auntie I can be to them? How is my relationship with them different than my relationship with my own kids?
Now that you have a sense of my adoration for Miss Notkin, let me tell you why I think you should own and/or gift her brand new book.
I’ve read through the Savvy Auntie guide and have gained some brand new insight. (Yes, even though I’m a mommy!) Becoming an Aunt for the first time or even for the sixteenth time is exciting and intimidating! It’s nice to get a grasp on your new role or even a memory refresher if you’re a “seasoned” Aunt. Auntie support is always welcome.
Savvy Auntie, the book, is like the fabulous sister or girlfriend of the new mom guides. It gives the scoop on the special role of being an Aunt, the person who loves and supports the children within or outside of her own family. There are wonderful tips included in the guide that will help first-time Aunties become a pro in no time, to updated ideas for seasoned Aunties, like nutrition and gift-giving. You will read expert advice on how to be a supportive comrade during her pregnancy and, if you will be assisting in childcare after the baby’s arrival, how to “niece or nephew proof” your home (among many other very handy tips).
As a mom myself, the Savvy Auntie guide helps me to better understand my role in my nieces’ and nephews’ lives. It reminds me that I’m not their mom, rather someone they can look to for guidance and support (and the most awesome gifts).
My first nephew was born when I was three months old (I have seven older siblings). I didn’t have many “Auntie-ing” duties back then but it was always fun for my nephew of the same age to call me “Aunt Amy” during our childhood years. We made jokes about it. As you can imagine with such a large family, many more children were born in the years ahead. Currently, I am the proud Mommy Auntie of fifteen nieces and nephews with another nephew arriving in the coming months and yet another niece or nephew arriving later this year! (Also, Godmother to one and Great Auntie to another FIVE!)
You would think that I am the savviest of Aunties; I wish I could say that’s true! I spent the majority of my Auntie-ing years as a child/tween/teenager. Sure, I babysat and played with my nieces and nephews but we didn’t truly have that role model/bonding relationship that more mature Aunties have with younger kids. Becoming a mom myself changed the whole Auntie experience for me. I realized the importance of the role of Aunts and Uncles. I was then able to see the joy my kids brought to my family and friends and so, the tables were turned.
For the record, I cried when my husband’s twin sister announced that my preschooler and toddler were getting a new cousin. I have been brushing up on my ABR (Auntie By Relation) skills and preparing for my newest nephew’s arrival in approximately 7 weeks, 3 days, 7 hours, 11 minutes and 38 seconds! (Yesss, don’t be silly, I looked that up.)
I am currently re-reading Chapter 3: The Aunticipation, in the Savvy Auntie guide, as shower preparations are in the works and I have two weeks to finalize them! Get on it, Auntie!
Savvy Auntie, the book, is the perfect guide to being an Auntie. You don’t need to think twice about owning a copy of Savvy Auntie or giving it as a gift to someone who is about to become an Auntie. It’s uplifting, refreshing and reassuring. It celebrates your gift of being an Auntie and what’s not to love about that?
2008 - Melanie and I at the CBS Studio in NYC for a meet and greet with Katie Couric
2008 - Melanie and I at Guy Kawasaki's house (BlogHer/Kirtsy party)