They Leave the Door Open
It might be 20 degrees outside but that still doesn’t inspire your guest to close the front door. Never mind that your child or pets could just wander off! This one drives us crazy!
Eating Cake for Breakfast
I love my sister-in-law, and whenever she comes to visit, I try to make her favorite cake for dessert. What I always forget is that she doesn’t just see it as an after-meal treat, she considers it a tasty breakfast as well.
Many times she’ll stand in front of the fridge eating a hunk of devil’s food cake smothered in buttercream frosting while my children simultaneously squeal with delight and beg for slices of their own.
Throwing Temper Tantrums When They Can’t Figure Out the Remotes
Doesn’t it seem like everyone’s television, and subsequently the remote controls, work differently? Still, just because you can’t get to your show with the very first flip of a button, that’s no reason to throw a temper tantrum, Uncle Al.
Disciplining Your Kids
Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of walking in on your in-laws or even your own parents harshly disciplining your kids? It can induce some pretty unpleasant flashbacks. What’s worse is that moments later, you may find your little one barking at his or her younger siblings or the unsuspecting family pet using the same strident tones.
Leaving Lights on in Every Room
They may have left the room, but that doesn’t mean they’ll turn off the lights!
Likes the TV on Constantly
Ever have that guest who leaves the television on all day (and night!) for a little background noise? While you’ve been busy doing other things, you didn’t realize your child has just been watching a Real Housewives marathon and will be bringing some very colorful language back to preschool.
They Don’t Put Food Away
Does your guest treat your kitchen like a Vegas-style 24-hour buffet, leaving food out and not sealed, causing it go stale long before they’ve left town? (If they then have the nerve to tell you that item is no longer fresh, you have our permission to send them packing!)
Whether it’s Granddad, an aunt, or your brother’s new girlfriend, smoking is a habit most parents definitely prefer children not be exposed to.
Never Puts Cups or Dishes in the Sink
So close yet so far! It doesn’t take that much effort to just put the cups and plates in the sink! We’re not asking you to wash them!
Leaves Appliances On
Whether it’s the iron or the coffee pot, some guests just refuse to turn off appliances — even when they’re finished using them! Not only is this wasting electricity and running up your bill, it can be dangerous when it comes to kids touching hot surfaces.