Magazine article Work & Family Life

Be a Blessing Not a Burden to New Parents

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Be a Blessing Not a Burden to New Parents

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Q My son and his wife are expecting a baby-the first grandchild for both sides of the family. I'm urging them to think ahead so they don't get overwhelmed by relatives and friends. Any ideas about this?

-R.C., San Diego, CA

A Yes, you're right. Planning ahead will be helpful. In terms of visitors, it's not impolite to ask people to wait a few days or more before coming to see the baby-especially since mothers are discharged so quickly from hospitals.

Here are some other ideas and suggestions:

SEND E-MAIL AND LEAVE A PHONE MESSAGE ON AN ANSWERING MACHINE saying something like "Baby is doing fine and we will be ready to say hello starting at (date and time)...."

CREATE A WEB SITE for the new baby with photos, visiting hours (such as 2-4 pm or 7-9 pm) and any other guidelines.

FOLLOW UP YOUR E-MAIL with a formal birth announcement sent by mail.

IT'S NICE TO OFFER VISITORS a drink and snack, but you are not expected to feed them.

SEND THANK-YOU NOTES for gifts as soon as you can, but not any later than a couple of months.

Guidelines for visitors

NEVER ARRIVE UNANNOUNCED. And keep your visit short. …

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