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Old 06-06-2008, 05:35 AM
 
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Have any grandparents out there considering it or have already moved to be closer to their grandkids?
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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My parents are almost retired and are trying to figure this one out. I live in DC 'burbs, my sisters family in Chicago 'burbs, my brothers family in San Antonio. What they are considering is doing short term rentals in each area throughout the year.
That is unrealistic because of the cost and as they get older, they want to be in their home where they have familiarity and feel comfortable driving, etc. (which is currently Kansas) not in some other town.
I have said this before, moving near the family to establish a closer relationship with the grandkids is not as idyllic as it sounds. In my case, my mother is very bossy and overbearing-it's a constant 'you don't do this right', it's an interruption to my daily schedule and her attitude stresses me out and puts pressure on my hubby. My siblings feel the same but we all want her to have a relationship with the grandkids.
I can only assume that Grandma has issues/pressures when she visits any of us so its not all fun for her either.
What I would like is for my parents to move to a place they wish to retire to (in their case, NYC suburbs), then make a committed effort to fly in an visit for 7 days twice a year, on a regular schedule. That way, I know when they'll be here and I can prepare myself for the eventual fights, my kids will have a personal relationship with them and when they get old enough, they can fly to Grandmas to spend a week there.
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