There are a few things about having a little niece or nephew that will always be great, no matter how old you are.
For one, the birth of a new child can bring a family closer together.
Secondly, the happiness babies can bring to your parents as they become grandparents, is priceless.
Then there's the simple fact that babies are cute, which will never change.
If you manage to become an uncle while you're young, though, there are so many added benefits, especially if your nieces and nephews are born before you become a parent yourself.
Simply put, being an uncle in your 20s is the best.
You get to scratch the itch.
We go to college, we graduate, we get new jobs, we date and then what? For many guys, that next thought could very well be about having kids, even if those thoughts are out of curiosity.
When you become an uncle, and hold those little kids, you get a little taste of what your future will be like.
You actually have a reason to visit your siblings now.
Seeing your niece or nephew means seeing their parents, too. So you'll inevitably get closer to your brothers and sisters since you become an uncle.
The best part? Those same brothers and sisters can't complain you never visit them anymore, either. It's like killing to birds with one stone.
You look better holding them.
Is this a selfish point? Probably. Most importantly, though, it's a true one.
If you have a kid in your hand, you instantly look better than you would have without one. When people direct those "AWW"s at your niece, they're coming your way, too.
Which means your Instagram and Snapchat are about to be lit.
If you have nieces and nephews, you probably can't help taking pictures with them because you really love them. But we can all be honest about the fact that pictures with babies in them are always great.
I'd go as far to say I put my nephew on my Snapchat more than me. I don't even care about being in the photos.
Besides, it's like having someone do your homework for you. Ultimately, you get the credit anyway.
It's another good thing to bring up in conversation.
Again, we all love the babies themselves, but we can maturely acknowledge that they become assets to your life. One example? You instantly have something interesting to bring up in conversation, whether you're talking to a friend or love interest.
And if it is a love interest, that's when you bring out the pictures.
It's all connected.
The pressure's off you.
Your parents are grandpa and grandma now.
They don't have time to ask you about when you're bringing a girl home, or when you're gonna bring them some babies. They're covered.
Your kids will just be a bonus, unless you're the only one keeping the family name going, then maybe not so much.
It's costs a minimal amount of money.
Get your siblings a nice baby shower gift, buy something for your niece or nephew's birthday and you're fine.
Again, becoming an uncle is a lot of cute and only a little cost. That definitely beats buying a new pack of Huggies every week when you can't even manage your savings.
You have none of the tough responsibilities.
Let me tell you how things go with my niece and nephew.
They smile, I hold them. They laugh, I hold them. They do something cute, I hold them.
They start crying, pissing, smelling or spitting? Man, I'm handing that baby right back to their mothers.
That's the point at which you say, "this ain't my baby," which is one of the best things about being an uncle. You get to decide when that child is, or is not, yours.
You get to ask someone how it really feels.
If you have any friends who are young parents, there's unlikely to tell you the cons about having kids.
It's understandable why, too. For the most part, we only like sharing the bright spots of our life (see: Instagram, Facebook).
But your brothers and sisters should be able to keep it 100 with you and give you some perspective on when's the best time to have kids. If you become a parent first, though, there's no time for questions.
And when you do have your own, you have help.
When I actually do have kids, I'll still be going back to my sisters for every little question to make sure I don't screw up the whole being-a-parent thing.
I expect them to cooperate and understand, too. That's just the luxury that comes with becoming an uncle in your 20s. Appreciate it while it lasts.