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Is C/O Mr & Mrs usual when sending something to grandchild?

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flowerlady2 Wed 30-Sep-09 11:11:33

Or shouldn't it just be addressed to our child directly?

Things are strained on the relative relationship front at the moment, and last week we received something for our child from our IL's addressed to the child's name at our family home address and then then C/o Mr & Mrs.(me and my DH)

I wan't sure whether this was pointed as I thought c/o implied that someone was temporarily staying at an address that wasn't usually their home?

The IL's ignored my birthday just last week and are now down to sending things just to our children. I think this is childish, but it doesn't bother me, but I am concerned about the use of 'c/o'. Any thoughts?

nancy75 Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:23

my dd's grandparents (live in australia) always address her gifts/card c/o mr & mrs nancy, i think its quite normal.

LoveBeingAMummy Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:23

I think you are looking into it far too much tbh

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:24


It really doesn't matter.

You say you are having problems with them but they have still sent a gift for your child.

I have known it used in the past.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:46

It's fairly unusual, but I can't see that it's a cause for concern. Why does it bother you?

thedollshouse Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:46

I think you are over thinking things. Sometimes I put the childs name and sometimes I put c/o. I find that a lot of people put c/o particularly as the child gets older, as they want to ensure that the parents have seen it first.

Rubyrubyruby Wed 30-Sep-09 11:13:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

nickytwotimes Wed 30-Sep-09 11:14:46

Don't think it is suspect, no.

Firawla Wed 30-Sep-09 11:15:39

for parcels may be done because if you are out when it gets delivered and you have to pick it up from post office, you need an id in that name and might not have it for the kids name, but will have bank cards etc for parents name so it makes it easier to collect?

ThePrettiestStar Wed 30-Sep-09 11:17:16

It wouldn't annoy me at all, I think you are over thinking it far too much! C/O just means care of.

Understandable with the relationship you have with your IL's at the moment, but I would definitely let this one go...

LIZS Wed 30-Sep-09 11:17:42

You're reading way too much into it ! I think it was probably more for the benefit of the postie in case he didn't recognise the name.

iheartdusty Wed 30-Sep-09 11:18:53

I think it is perfectly normal.

sometimes with younger children it has been a hint that they shouldn't be left to open it by themselves - eg messy craft stuff inside.

CowWatcher Wed 30-Sep-09 11:20:30

Generational thing. Oldies tend to think that children can't recieve mail in their own right.

preciouslillywhite Wed 30-Sep-09 11:20:49

If they don't normally do it, and are just being snidey, then YANBU.

PuppyMonkey Wed 30-Sep-09 11:21:27

Older people do like to do c/o. My Mum always puts Master XXXX XXXX esq on all her cards to her grandsons etc. Makes me quite smile

flowerybeanbag Wed 30-Sep-09 11:22:39

'Pointed'? What point do you think they are trying to make? Even though your relationship might be strained they are still sending their grandchild a present, making sure that he/she doesn't lose out as a result of a disagreement the grandparents have with his/her parents. Sounds fine to me!

flowerlady2 Wed 30-Sep-09 11:23:16

Hi all,

Thank you all for your swift and honest replies, it is much appreciated. I am reassured and agree I have 'over thought' on this occasion! I just needed an independent perspective, its sometimes tricky to see when you are so close up :-)

Stigaloid Wed 30-Sep-09 11:24:43

Completely normal.

MintyCane Wed 30-Sep-09 11:30:25

It is normal.

giveloveachance Wed 30-Sep-09 11:44:44

Makes no difference to the postman, I collected a parcel addressed to my little girl by her first name only, they still gave it to me on presentation of my id and the information card.

Some people think its odd to address something to a small child - so that may be why they did it.

I have always addressed things to the child if it was for them and only use c/o if I am sending it to someone else for passing on to the intended recipient.

Sullwah Wed 30-Sep-09 12:21:17

YABU - I think you are looking for things to complain about

flowerlady2 Wed 30-Sep-09 14:10:17

No, I'm not looking for something to complain about - just seeking an independent take on the situation. You must have missed my previous post, as it happens they've never used c/o before, but due to the other constructive comments I've received on this post, I have chosen to not be concerned about it.

groundhogs Wed 30-Sep-09 18:40:05

It's very traditional, and totally usual. Don't worry about it, they don't mean anything by it.

Oh our birthdays are soooo not important, the DC ones are, would you prefer they remember yours and forget your DC?

Take a deep breath, you seem to be looking for issues, where really, there are none. smile

Hulababy Wed 30-Sep-09 18:42:17

I think it is very traditional and what a few older people may do.

I tend to address direct to the child, simply as I know how much little children love recieving mail of their own.

Triggles Wed 30-Sep-09 19:51:07

That's how I address mail to our grandson, to "his name", then "c/o parents names" at their address. It's just what we grew up doing so I didn't really think much of it. It's still addressed directly to them.

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