Is there a known word for an older adult whose ongoing desire is the welfare of young teens (as a friend but who has no interest in any type of sexual interactions) I have been a coach (of both boys and girls) for many years and it seems that following that period in my life, I really have a desire to befriend kids and act as a mentor for those who do not have comfortable situations at home.

FYI, I have been married to the same woman for 45 years and have 3 grown children but I still really enjoy being around young teens.

  • I changed the original title because it came off as being slightly creepy. Once I read the question that awkwardness disappeared, but still...
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:52

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There is avuncular.

Oxford Dictionary has:

Kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.

The word is related to "uncle" so tends to be used more for a male person.

Grammarphobia lists a female version, materteral, however this is so rarely used as to be ineffective in general conversation.

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