We live on the West Coast, and the grandparents (my in-laws, my mother, my father and my step mom) live in three different East Coast cities. My eight-month-old son is the ONLY grandchild on either side. The grandparents are (understandably!) enthusiastic and each set wants to visit every couple of months, which adds up to a LOT of travel and/or house guests.
We’ve tried to take advantage of the free babysitting possibilities in these situations, but our son isn’t very independent yet, so that’s not as easy as it could be. We still find the every-third-weekend visits EXHAUSTING!
What are your strategies for balancing family enthusiasm with the rest of your life, especially over a long distance? — Alice