Preparing for Moms and In-Laws

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 1:00pm

DSC_0101.JPGMy in-laws were visiting from out-of-town last week. Just today, my mom flew in from Kentucky. My preschool children are way into grandparents. Grandparents slip them cookies when I’m not looking.
Don’t get me wrong: I want family members to come to my house. I just want to enjoy their visits without too much stress. I asked my friends for tips, and they couldn’t come up with anything useful. One told me to keep a flask in my pocket.
So I went straight to the source. I asked my mom how I could make her trips better without stressing me out. (See her at left.) She’s had a lot of experience, and here’s her advice.

  • Make sure my favorite foods are at your house. I like regular peanut butter better than that kind you grind at the store. I also don’t like that strange soy milk.
  • I feel comfortable when my room is neat and tidy.
  • Older people need extra pillows.
  • Try not to let the kids run through the house so fast.
  • I’d really prefer not to watch Cars for the sixth time.
  • Let me spoil them–I don’t get to do that very often.

As for me, I try not to make too many plans. Things go better when I don’t expect to get errands and tasks done while grandparents are at my house. I also go on occasional ‘shopping’ trips when I need breaks. After all, my mom and in-laws aren’t in town to see me. They just want to spend time with my kids.

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