(Closed) Feeling sad about "set A" and "set B" grandparents….

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I grew up next door to my mom’s parents and an hour and a half away from my dad’s parents.  my favorite grandparents were my dad’s parents because they were awesome.  It doesn’t matter who they are physically closer to, especially in this day and age of Skype.

Post # 4
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Um…are you me?  That is the exact situation I will be in.  I am upset also because my parents are so sane in comparison with my fiance’s…!  



@Sugaree:  I was closer/am closer (Grandma died in 1991; Grandpa’s still alive) to my dad’s parents because they lived an hour or so away…so we saw them all the time.  I still loved/love my mom’s parents (Bapa died in 1993; Gran’s still alive), but I never see her.  I wish I had lived closer when my brother and I were younger…because then my relationship with her would be stronger.

Post # 5
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Having been through this myself my advise is to tell your hubby how your feeling regardless if it was discussed before. These feeling can carry over to him once your actually a parent. You could always do a long term plan to move in the future, I mean who says you have to live near his family why not your family?

Post # 6
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I know this feeling. Though it’s opposite for us and my husband is the one who has to accept that his family is the B family due to . . . well, things they’ve done that make me not like them!  . . . And knows I don’t really care to have his parents around much. Geographically, his family is closer.

Any way your parents would consider a second home or extended stays or even a move to be closer to you? Even a few long trips during the year and a few weeks every summer with your parents is enough for a really strong relationship!

Post # 8
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Trust me this wont affect how your kids feel.  I really disliked my paternal grandparents who lived close to us and i loved my maternal grandparents who i only got to see once a year and lived across the country.

Post # 9
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re in the same boat in that we live 30 minutes from DH’s parents and 11 hours from my parents (when they retire in a few years, it will become 5.5 hours, but my in-laws will always be closer, distance-wise).

I’ll be honest though, I’m really not concerned about it but maybe that has to do with the fact that I have a great relationship with my in-laws.  I’m also a believer that proximity doesn’t have to determine one’s relationship.  Your kids can still have a great relationship with your parents even if they don’t see them quite as often.

Post # 10
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

How far away are your parents? We live near FI’s family and a plane ride away from mine. My mom guilt trips me about it all the time but honestly I love where I live!  Also, it’s easier for me though knowing that even though she says she will babysit and see her grandchildren all the time now, she won’t actually do it (my sister and BIL moved to their town for this reason and she never helps them with my nephew and barely sees him 1x/week)

Anyways, I think you and Darling Husband should talk about if moving closer (maybe halfway between) is an option. If not, I’d say that your kids will still love your parents even if they are far away! Both my g-parents lived close growing up and I far prefered one pair to the other.  I also am much closer to my aunt that lived across the country than the one that lived down the street from me!  

Also – I live further from my nephew than my other sister does and he likes me way more – and it’s very obvious and he’s only 2!  Even at 9 months you could tell – he would scream when my other sister walked in the door but never for me!  Not sure why, but I think it’s because my sister was abroad for the first 9 months of his life so he didn’t get to “know” her. I only saw him 1x/month during that time but they know more than you think they do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 11
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I lived 10 minutes walking from my dad’s parents and 11 hours away from my mother’s parents. I couldn’t stand my dad’s parents, they were awful. My mom’s parents I talk to all the time (everyday).

Distance has nothing to do with it. If it bothers you , maybe your children can visit your parents during the summer. That is what I did.

Post # 12
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am in a similar boat, although we aren’t close to either set of grandparents. My niece and nephew live down the street from my parents and get to see them several times a week. My mom will just go pick up my nephew and take him to softball games or the park, or the store or something. If we have kids they will never ever have that kind of relationship, it will always be some big planned thing that involves lots of driving and  tearful goodbyes and its going to suck alot.

Post # 13
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I understand where you’re coming from, but you really have no idea who your kids will favor. Secondly, we live in the age of skype and webcams. I literally live something like 10,000 miles away from my family and my little siblings are 9 and 11. I talk to them all the time on Skype, and they feel like I’m a constant in their life. Our other, older sister on the other hand, lives an hour away and probably hasn’t bothered to see them in like a year.


Yes, your parents will have to make a different type of effort than your Mother-In-Law, but if they want to they will. I think your resentment is misplaced, it’s not your MIL’s fault that you moved, that was a decision you and your Darling Husband made. 

Post # 14
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

My maternal grandparents lived very close by but were not very warm. My paternal grandparents live 7 hours away but we’re very close. Every year we would go stay with them for two weeks in the summer. It’s all about the relationship. Your parents sound like they will be great grandparents, regardless of the distance. 

Post # 16
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

So it sounds like this is really less about Set A v. Set B grandparents and more just about you wanting your parents to be more a part of your everyday lives. I’m sorry, that sucks ๐Ÿ™  It’s just one of those problems with no real solution. It sounds like you thought out where to live before you got married, and there must be a reason you picked to live where you did. Maybe focus on those reasons you moved in the first place? And also realize that this will become your new normal. Also, make seeing your family for FUN stuff a priority. I’m sure it will all work out okay. 

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