Albuquerque Journal

Grandparen­ts make little effort to see grandkids

- Abigail Van Buren Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY: I’m 33 with a wonderful husband and amazing kids, ages 4 and 6. I have a close bond with my parents. We live in a city about 80 miles from them. It seems like we are always the ones to do the visiting, and I have to practicall­y beg them to visit me for one overnight visit a year.

I bend myself into a pretzel to make it work for them, and yet there are always excuses why they won’t visit. Mom tells me she misses the kids, but she invariably expects me to pack a bag and head that way. Sometimes our budget is so tight, I don’t have the luxury of spending an extra $70-plus in gas for a trip. I brought up just once in the past that she rarely visits, and she really does believe in her head that she visits at least twice a year. When I corrected her, she blew up.

Sometimes it hurts inside like a rejection, and other times I feel like I need to tell myself to grow up. If I don’t play the mom-taxi, how will they see each other? — MOM-TAXI IN TENNESSEE

DEAR MOM-TAXI: They won’t. And when your mother asks why you have stopped coming, point out that fuel is costly and your budget is very tight. Then suggest that if she wants her grandchild­ren to remember her when she and your dad are gone, they need to make more of an effort to visit you more than once a year. If their hesitancy is because your house isn’t comfortabl­e, suggest they stay at a nearby hotel or motel.

P.S. If your mother gets lonely between visits, she can always video chat, as countless other grandparen­ts do today.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 40 years. As he’s grown older, he has become the stereotypi­cal “grumpy old man.” Although he can be thoughtful, he’s increasing­ly moody, impatient and angry. He often rants about politics and other things and won’t stop trying to impose his views on me. I agree with some of his opinions, but he gets upset if I disagree.

Because I don’t want an argument, I either don’t respond or leave the room, which also upsets him. Sometimes he apologizes, but shortly after, he resumes doing it. I love him but living with him can be a downer. Can you suggest any strategies? — ENDURING IT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

DEAR ENDURING IT: Schedule an annual physical exam for yourself and your grumpy old man. Behavioral changes in an older person should not be minimized or ignored because they could be a symptom of physical (or mental) illness. Once you know what you are dealing with, take your cues from the doctor or spend less time one-on-one with your husband and tell him why.

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