Originally Posted by SchrodingersCat
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.
My parents just referred to them as good friends, nothing more.
It was a way for us to show respect (my parents were big on the respect through names thing, I personally disagree) to people without having to call them sir or something quite that formal.