Grandmother seeks guidance as she struggles with her grandson’s return to the nest

Apr 19, 2024
Her plea struck a chord among fellow users who empathised with the complexities of the situation. Source: Getty Images.

In a heartfelt plea for guidance, a grandmother has turned to the online forum, Gransnet, to share her predicament regarding her grandson’s desire to move back into the family home.

Citing her own health issues and the care provided by her husband, she expressed a desire to maintain the closeness with her grandson while grappling with the practical implications of his return.

“I’ve got a lot of health issues & my husband takes good care of me,” she began.

“Our grandson used to live here when he was a lot younger & now he wants to move back in. We’re close & I don’t want to ruin that closeness.

“I don’t know how to word my words on what to say to him because I can’t have him here because of my health! Please give me advice … thanks!”

Her plea struck a chord among fellow users who empathised with the complexities of the situation. The responses poured in, each offering a unique perspective on the challenges of welcoming an adult child back into the family home.

One user acknowledged the difficulty of the decision, drawing from personal experience

“That’s such a hard one,” they said.

“I have a 22 year old grandson, who I adore, but I don’t think I could have him staying with me 24/7. Sometimes, I think, honesty is the best policy. Just tell him about your health issues, and explain that you are now older than when he last stayed with you.”

Another user emphasised the importance of honest communication, recognising that the bond between grandmother and grandson may already provide a foundation for such dialogue

“If you’re close you can tell him the truth but that also probably means that he already knows about your health issues.. maybe he wants to help.. talk to him,” they suggested.

Amid the advice and words of encouragement, a common thread emerged: the need for boundaries and clear expectations.

“I would not refuse, but you have your reasons. Be kind but honest with him and give him a reason why,” one user explained.

Among the responses, questions arose about financial contributions, household responsibilities, and the overall impact on the dynamics of the household.

“It all depends why he wants to move in with you, what will happen to him if he can’t?” one asked.

“Does he have a job to go to, will he chip in to help with all the food bills? Tell him you would like to have a trial period of six months to see if it works for you all? Tell him he has to help out in the home as you have health probs and aren’t as young as you were? Ask him if he will help with garden work?”

As the heartfelt exchanges on Gransnet reveal, when it comes to navigating the delicate balance between love and practicality in family relationships, the need for open communication, honesty, and the establishment of clear boundaries is key.

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