My brother-in-law must be the perfect house guest. He seldom arrives without a few bags of groceries, and he watches macho movies with my husband so that I don't have to. He disappears for long periods most days, visiting old friends and taking care of the business that brought him to town. Many visiting grandparents could take a few cues from my brother-in-law.
I didn't realize for a long time how many issues swirl around having grandparents as house guests, but reading parenting blogs is an eye-opening experience. Many young families dread the arrival of visiting grandparents, and that's just sad. To head off such disasters, read my Ten Tips for Visiting Long-Distance Grandchildren. And whether you're a grandparent house guest or just a grandparent, always respect boundaries.
Do you have advice for grandparent house guests, or for their hosting families? Leave a comment below.