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Ask Amy: Grandparents treated like toddlers, act like teens

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I have a family member living with us who is fighting cancer.

My (adult) daughter volunteered to stay with my parents during the pandemic, since she’s able to telework. She is now at her wits’ end.

My parents are sneaking out while she is out of their sight for more than 10 minutes.

She said it’s like she’s a mom to two teenagers. They’re waiting for her to turn her back before they sneak out. We all believe that their behavior could prove deadly.

They’re in their 70s and healthy. We don’t think they should stay with us because of the health of our other family member.

We are trying to get them interested in some indoor hobbies, to no avail. They say they’re being safe, but then admit to running into old friends and standing around chatting.


My daughter tried to take the car keys, but they invited HER to leave! (Of course, she won’t do that.)

I told my husband that if nothing else, I’m going to get their car keys.

Should I leave my sick one at home in order to watch over two healthy parents?

Your suggestions?


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