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Parents refuse to take the in laws on family holidays

13/11/2009

Over 60 per cent of parents say they ban their in-laws from family holidays even though they are willing to provide free childcare, according to a family travel website.

Hotels and holiday firms are doing a lot to attract extended families, including offering granny discounts.

But takethefamily.co.uk, a website for family holidays, said the majority of parents that responded to its survey said they would not even consider taking their in-laws on trips.

The mother and father-in-law still have some work to do before they get regular invites on holiday, said takethefamily's managing director Lucy Ace.

As many as one in three parents said the thought of asking their in-laws to join them on their family holiday had never crossed their minds. A fifth said they had tried it once but would never do so again.

It seems that around 20 per cent of people do take their in-laws with them as they offer fantastic support especially free childcare which gives parents some freedom, added Ms Ace.

Another 20 per cent said they'd give it a go. But the vast majority of people didn't want the in-laws in-tow.

""It's a shame because more and more hotels are offering great deals for grandparents - so it makes financial sense.

""But it can be tricky if there are tensions. And a family holiday should be a break from the norm, she added.

Several tour operators offer free places for grandparents to accompany their grandchildren on a family holiday, including ski operators.

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