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Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:25:39

Right - every summer I travel with my children back to my home country. While there my mum's neighbour has her dd and grandchildren over from the US and we are all good friends, especially my dd1 and her dd.

Her dd wants to come over to visit and we are all delighted. She was feeling too shy to travel on her own so her dad suggested travellling with her, initially sayinv he'd explore the country independently.

Now that the visit is drawing nearer he sounds more like he actively wants to spend the week witb us. Dd1 and the dd are not keen, they are teenagers and largely want to do their own thing. I'm not keen because I don't know him well. Also my ds has special needs abd during half term I need to plan things carefully in order not to wear him out. I feel he should go off exploring on his own, but we could one day trip together and have dinner.

A couple of people have made me feel that with him coming such a long way with his dd I should be more welcoming... what do you all think?

MrsTawdry Sun 25-Jan-15 22:31:00

I think you should be more welcoming but I think you should start warning him that "My DD has lots of girly type plans for your dd and be warned that us adults might not get much of a look there anything you'd be interested in doing yourself? I will be busy much of the week but I can get you some guide books etc so you're well organised for your plans"

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:31:07

Just to clarify, I want him ideally to travel the country, not stay at our place

MrsTawdry Sun 25-Jan-15 22:31:56

Oh well you should have been VERY clear at the outset. He's coming to escort his DD and you maybe need to be more welcoming or at least you should have told him there was no place for him RIGHT at the start.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:33:01

I never said there was a place for him! It was decided their end and I had no choice!

MrsTawdry Sun 25-Jan-15 22:33:54

Well it wasn't their choice was it?! You needed to speak up're not a are an adult with a voice.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:35:16

What should I have done though? Told them both not to come?

MrsTawdry Sun 25-Jan-15 22:38:50

Well yes...I'd have said it wasn't convenient/not enough room for two guests or whatever.

brokenhearted55a Sun 25-Jan-15 22:40:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AmantesSuntAmentes Sun 25-Jan-15 22:40:44

If he initially said, when plans were being started, that he'd be exploring the country independently, I'd hold him to it!

So, at any suggestion of staying at yours, raise his earlier statement.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:41:41

I never said he could stay here, he said initially he'd travel around, it's just now that he suddenly seems to want to do things together. I've said there's not enough room and he's kind off accepted that though says he's flexible and doesn't need much space confused

pillowaddict Sun 25-Jan-15 22:41:56

Explain now that there seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding as there's not space for two or ask what his plans are..and then present the idea of the day trip and a meal and somewhere local he can stay when this happens?

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:43:15

Pillow that's what I'm thinking, just wondered what the MN view was whether I should welcome him anyway

pillowaddict Sun 25-Jan-15 22:43:15

X post! Go with suggestions of local air bnb sharing options as he is so flexible smile

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:43:50

And again, we're in sync wink

pillowaddict Sun 25-Jan-15 22:44:46

I think it's fair enough to not want to put him up - very different to have an adult male you don't know very well in your living space than inviting a friend of your daughters who will likely share her room and who will be entertained by her and not need much in the way of hosting.

AmantesSuntAmentes Sun 25-Jan-15 22:44:48

I've said there's not enough room and he's kind off accepted that though says he's flexible and doesn't need much space

It sounds like he's fully intending to stay then!

You need to be completely direct with him and assertive, too.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:47:03


I really want the girls to have a good week but this rather overshadows things for me at the moment...

ChasedByBees Sun 25-Jan-15 22:51:01

He's clearly inviting himself to stay. I think it's fine to be firm and say no. How long has he been hinting? This will be easier if it's recent.

AmantesSuntAmentes Sun 25-Jan-15 22:52:03

Well he's imposing himself upon you and seems to have altered his plans and invited himself to be your houseguest. I'm not surprised you feel as you do! I honestly think you do have every right to say no to him staying.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:52:36

Just this weekend. It's a juggling act, I'm having parallel convos with his wife whom I don't want to upset under any circumstances. She's with me but a bit caught in the middle

TheyLearnedFromBrian Sun 25-Jan-15 22:53:26

'No, I'm sorry, that won't work for us at all. I understood from your earlier emails that you were planning to travel the country. I'm afraid I won't be available to host another guest as DS has complex needs and my time will be completely taken up elsewhere, and I know that the DDs are looking forward to having the time to themselves rather than having other adults around - and as I've said, that suits my plans whereas having another adult guest does not. I'm sorry but you really need to make other plans.

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:54:33

Even if he agrees to stay elsewhere in town the other thing is that I don't really want to spend more than a day with him, and his dd is quite happy to not see him as well, but he says he's looking forward to getting to know us better confused

Hennightpanic Sun 25-Jan-15 22:55:41

I like it Brian, will use that smile

jackydanny Sun 25-Jan-15 22:56:07

Even if not recent you can say 'I have been thinking of how I can accommodate you and it is not possible, sorry'

Then send lists of b&b's, and ask if there's anything else you can do to help. He was obviously planning on having a little break at yours.

It's your house, he invited himself, you uninvite him, fair enough.

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