It is estimated that about 1.3 million families have at least one grandparent living with them. And that includes, the new first family. So, what advice can we give the Obamas now that they have the first granny living with them? There are a few things that Michelle, her mother Marian and Barach can do to make living together a most harmonious experience.
Here are some tips for Michelle:
1. Make time to do things together with her mom and the children
Even though they may not be able to go out to dinner and the movies anymore, after the children are asleep they can sit down and have a nice cup of tea together, so that they can nurture the relationship that way.
2. Always give mom plenty of notice when she needs her to babysit
Michelle doesn’t want to make her feel like the live-in sitter, so she should always let mom know that she would be happy to make other arrangements. As well, Michelle can encourage Marian to continue to nurture the interests and hobbies she had before she moved in with the first family
3. Do not run to Mom if she needs to vent about her husband
It’s one thing when you see your mom a couple times a week, it’s another if you’re all living under the same roof. For example, when Harry Truman’s mother-in-law moved in, she never had anything good to say about Harry, and caused a lot of tension in the Whitehouse. But the good news for Americans is
that Marian adores Barach, so we are in good shape on that front!
Here are some tips for Marian: