Originally Posted by SchrodingersCat
I've never understood the whole calling someone aunty or uncle when they aren't, but maybe that's just because I didn't grow up with that. My parents had close friends, and I always just referred to them by name.
Like, if your kids refer to your friend as aunty, do you refer to her as your sister? I have one friend whom I think of more as a sister than a friend, but even then her kids just think of me by name.
There is only one friend of mine that the kids refer to as "Auntie <x>", and I do basically think of her as a sister. I call her my sister from another mother, so it's not THAT far from the mark. The kids know she's my friend as opposed to my actual sister, but it's no big deal, and it's not really enforced as a title of respect or anything.
I do remember when I was a kid (around age 5) and my mother was dating the man she eventually married, that my grandmother made me call him "Uncle <name>" - he and I BOTH hated it. Gick.
My partner's kids call me by my name, and my kids call him by his.