Ahhh Uncles. They are the greatest! Most kids will rate their Uncle in their top 3 favourite people and we can see why.

Aunties tend to be the ones who get the most praise, they’re amazing and we’ve written about them here, but Uncles tend to get overlooked in the brilliant stakes and we think they deserve a BIG mention. So here are our top reasons why Uncles are the BEST!

1. They are magical

Literally (well, you know, literally in a kids eyes). Uncles love a good gag and they are happy to try and pull the wool over their nieces and nephews eyes at any opportunity. Coins can appear from thin air, toys can transform into superheros and for some reason hot chips seem to magically disappear. Hmmmmm…. how DOES that happen?

2. They have boundless energy

Take them to the beach with the kids and you can plant your butt directly on a towel and “ahhhhhh”, relax. Why? Well, you’ll find these magical Uncle creatures frolicking in the water, playing beach cricket and generally running themselves (and the kids) ragged. Park trip? Pack an Uncle and you can casually sun yourself whilst they push kids on the swings, race them down slides and play handball!

3. They love a good story

How many times have you heard a 4 hour story told by one of your kids? Uncles THRIVE on these stories. You’ll often find they enhance the story and you’ll get a fresh version from your child the next day.

4. They don’t miss a good party

From 1st birthday parties to 18th’s, they’ll do everything they can to get there and help celebrate. If they can’t make it? There is sure to be a SERIOUS reason! PLUS they make their own party each and every time they see their nieces and nephews.

5. They know all the latest music and who’s who in the industry

Has your kid mentioned a band name that you are sure is a brand of dishwasher detergent? Never fear if an Uncle is near. He will be all over it and more than likely has the album on his phone. He will also be the first one to bag out Mum about it, which is incredibly daring, yet he somehow gets away with it which makes him the epitome of cool.

6. They LOVE reliving their childhood with your kids

You’d be hard pressed finding an Uncle that doesn’t like playing Lego, or the Xbox, or action figures or water bombs. They almost enjoy it more than the kids.

7. They can bend the rules and they don’t even care

Even though you don’t think icecream is a good idea for dinner, Funcle (AKA fun Uncle) thinks it’s a great idea and he will not only be the one to serve it up, he’ll eat his own, most of the kids AND get away with it. An overload of treats is definitely on the menu, and they really enjoy playing with a ball inside.

8. They buy incredible gifts

Have you said no to a Nerf Gun for your kids birthday? Don’t be surprised if Uncle turns up with one. Water bombs in winter? Sure, why not. Drum kit? You better believe it.

9. They think fart jokes are funnier than your kid does

You know EXACTLY what I am talking about. ‘Nuff said.

10. They absolutely love every second they spend with your kids

You know that they wouldn’t do any of the above if they didn’t love your kids to bits. It’s the reason we let them get away with all of their silly antics when it comes to our kids.


So thank you to all the Funcles out there for making our kids lives sillier, more energetic and adventurous.

SHARE this with your favourite Uncle.


  • My brother absolutely loves my kids and always teases them.
    My brother-inlaw… well he could care less about the kids and doesn’t even respond to invites for their birthdays or family Xmas dinner.


  • My son absolutely loves it when my brother comes to visit – he gets to play extra rough with him and he has so much fun!


  • My parents moved here from England when I was only 6 months old, so I grew up without close family nearby. My kids, as the result of fractured families, are also missing out on extended family connections. But they’re good with that, they know why and understand


  • Never really knew my uncles as we lived so far away and moved a lot. My children have had some fun with their uncles on their father’s side. Only my my oldest got to meet my brother before he died. My older sons have some fun like uncles with their younger siblings as there is 26 – 30 years between the younger ones and the older ones. My grand daughter loves her older uncles and is great friends with her uncle 2 years older then her.


  • Uncles are great, the kids love them very much !


  • Number 9, so true – so so true! LOL


  • I like number 7. they bend the rules and dont even care……so true!!


  • Uncles are great value to children before they have their own children.


  • Uncles are fun and kids love them


  • I have never heard the word Funcles before. Will have to remember this.


  • So true, I had awesome uncles too!


  • My family is too spread out to have cool uncles, my kids have barely seen my brother


  • My husband is the favourite Uncle because he’s still a kid himself and the kids all love it.

    • Being a big kid at heart ls the key I think. If they are fun and want to interact and play with the kids, the kids will love spending time with them.


  • Think it all depends if the uncles have children themselves. I never have experienced my own uncles this way, nor did my children do.


  • My children adored their uncles until they had children of their own – then they said they weren’t fun anymore. Boo hoo.


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