To Grandmother's House We Go!

'Tis the season to visit family. How to keep the kids--and you--merry

Sometimes families canĀ get too close for comfort. Last Christmas a pregnant Cindy Green and her husband Todd flew with their two children, Jonah, 4, and Caroline, 2, from North Carolina to Cindy's mother's home in Massachusetts. This time, in contrast to previous years, they didn't gather in the old family homestead; Cindy's mother had downsized to a small two-bedroom condo. So Green installed herself on the living-room couch, Todd and Jonah slept in the second bedroom, and Caroline bunked with Grandma. "It was tough, especially because the first night, Caroline came down with a stomach flu and was throwing up all...

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