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Susan Adcox

Rules for Being a Grand House Guest

By January 31, 2013

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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.

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January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(1) Mark says:

Those are great ideas for anyone visiting with others, but I can see where they would be vital for grandparents on extended visits in the homes of their children. Some sort of pre-arrival conversation about schedule and expectations might be good, too, but I’m not sure how that would be received.

February 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm
(2) Grandma Kc says:

Those are great tips for anyone visiting with anyone!

February 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(3) Joyce says:

The 10 tips are all great ones! My (local) daughter loves it when her in-laws come for an extended stay because they take over child care and cooking and leave her “free as a bird” to get things done. I love to see them come too because I get a break from babysitting. Sometimes I think it just depends on the attitude of the family….over here we just don’t have “territorial” issues!

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