Taking a trip with the grandparents is a great way to celebrate Grandparents Day. But to do it right takes some advance planning.
- Step 1: Consider staying under separate roofs if sharing a common living space is likely to be a problem. If Grandpa's snoring is going to keep everyone awake, you and the kids may rest easier in your own space. Have a great vacation!
- FACT: As of 2009, 51 percent of children living in a grandparent's home are 6 years old and younger.
- Step 2: Have a clear understanding about who will pay for what. If the grandparents insist on picking up the tab for the entire trip, find a nice way to say thank you.
- TIP: You and the kids can do something together in the morning, and later meet the grandparents for lunch.
- Step 3: Be flexible. Don't be afraid to pursue divergent activities if you cannot find one that appeals to everyone.
- Step 4: Choose a destination that will offer something of interest to everyone -- grandchildren, parents, and grandparents. If grandparents have mobility problems, look for a destination that is easy to get around.