1. Remember, needing help isn’t a bad thing
While you might strongly value your independence, for many people, the idea of raising a family without help from the rest of your family would seem very odd indeed. It’s what families are for, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
2. Respect each other as adults
With any luck, somewhere between the age of 15 and 25, your relationship with your parents changes to reflect that you’re all adults. But if you still lack the confidence to get by without them, or they don’t treat you as a capable adult, something has gone awry.
3. Establish ground-rules, but don’t pre-empt problems before you start
Try to communicate well all the time, so that if disagreements arise you can deal with them easily, without upset. Most problems you encounter won’t have been anticipated.
4. Show your gratitude
Most grandparents are only too thrilled to be part of family life again, and most happily do it for nothing. But it is hard work, and it doesn’t hurt to show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift once in a while.
5. Remember that every generation swears to do things differently to the last
But for all the little things you focus on doing differently, there will be hundreds you do exactly as your parents did.