Erica is a writer, editor, wife, and mom. She has always found employment with an English degree and she excels at nurturing children and animals but struggles to keep houseplants alive. Erica currently writes at

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When Parents Move In

After over three years on the market, my parents are selling their ranch in Wyoming and moving closer to all the kids.  They came out and found some property and now need to build a house and start the moving process.  When the question of renting came up, my husband offered to let them temporarily live with us.

So we sat down to talk about what this would look like.  Our most important concerns came out first.

Me: I need to pack up the guest room and figure out drawers and closet space for you.

Mom: I’m worried about interfering in your marriage.

Dad: I need my yogurt every day.

Me: Would a dresser and a wardrobe closet be enough?

Mom: I just don’t want to interfere in your marriage.

Me: What does that mean?

Dad: I also need my own special potty paper.

Mom: I need lemonade.

Me: Am I shopping for you if you move here?  You can shop.

Mom: What about your marriage?

Me: Mom, is that code for asking if we do stuff all over the house?  We’ll rein it in for six months.

Mom:  No, I just… (fades off in acknowledgement that she indeed meant that but feels weird now).

Me: And we need to talk about which pans don’t go in the dishwasher.

This will no doubt be interesting.  On the positive side, our lack of babysitters is now a problem solved.


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  1. Erin Oltmanns 01/30/2013 at 9:31 pm

    LOL! Gooooooood luck.

  2. Carina 01/29/2013 at 9:44 am

    Sounds like your mom is more concerned about their possibly intruding than you are! Probably a good start to living together for a little while.

    What pans don’t go in the dishwasher? That made me laugh!

    • Erica Fehrman 01/29/2013 at 10:15 am

      My mom is very aware. My dad, not so much, but he means well 😉 I have a few All-Clad pans that I hand wash.

      • Carina 01/29/2013 at 2:54 pm

        I just love that’s one of the first things you thought of!