Help an Aunt out
July 19, 2011 6:02 PM Subscribe
Help me be the coolest Aunt ever, please? My 13 year old niece is visiting for three weeks, and I want to make sure she has a good vacation.
posted by dchrssyr to human relations (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I feel old. I don't know what's cool anymore. I can barely stand to watch an hour of TV and I've stopped listening to the radio. My main sources of entertainment are books (sometimes YA books, if truth be told, so I'm covered there), the interwebs, and audio books.
My 13 year old niece is coming to visit me for three weeks. I get along great with kids usually and plan on just kind of letting her have her summer vacation and not interfering too much or over planning things.
But I have a bit of a neurotic side and the voices in my head are telling me that I'm not cool enough anymore.
I live 3000 miles from her and see her once a year or so. This is her second extended visit with me but she was 10 the first time, and I understand 10 year olds better than teenagers. Although looking back on it, I was nervous about that visit too and it turned out fine.
Some advice on making sure she has a great vacation with plenty of independence + reasonable expectations for a long term house guest?
I live in Portland, OR. If you want to throw out some ideas for activities. Although I know the city fairly well, I don't know it from teenager's perspective.
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