The Grandparent Files: A Pre-Holiday Scandal

As we wind down (or gear up, depending on your point of view) for the summer holidays and all that traveling with young children entails, my stress levels are rising. And they have not been helped by the obligatory pre-holiday visit from the in-laws.

We are taking BabyBoy and BabyGirl to visit my parents this summer (woo hoo!). They live overseas so it’s a big deal for us to go. My in-laws, on the other hand, live a few hours drive from us and we see them all too regularly. However, this has not stopped my mother-in-law from acting like we’re emigrating.

‘Grandma’s going to miss you sooo much!’
‘You’re going for such a looong time!’
‘BabyBoy, will you talk to Grandma on the telephone while you’re away?’

Yes, she’s piling on the guilt thick and fast. And those are sentences she has said to my 2 year olds.

But as a final, parting shot she decided to remind us that she still, still, has no respect for us as parents.

As any parent of a child who has had sleep issues knows, the lunchtime nap is sacred. It can make or break a toddler’s day and, even more importantly, night. Therefore, the majority of the time we try to make sure we are at home for the lunchtime nap so that BabyBoy and BabyGirl can nap properly in their own beds in peace and quiet.

So at lunchtime the house hunkers down for some quiet time.

All was quiet in the peaceful house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….argh Grandma’s here!!

Yes, for some unknown, unfathomable reason, she decided to creep into the children’s room and wake them up!


Thanks for bringing naptime to an early end Grandma. BabyGirl was not impressed and showed that in a tantrum. Thanks for giving me that to deal with too.

Oh, and by the way, I know you crept in even though I was in a different room. Why? WE HAVE A BABY VIDEO MONITOR.

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