Question: This summer, as a favor to my recently divorced sister-in-law, my husband (her brother) and I agreed to take her 13-year-old daughter for three weeks. My sister-in-law surprised us by delivering her daughter and another 13-year-old to "keep her company." We buckled down and welcomed the girls, took them on summer adventures, introduced them to neighborhood kids, met all their needs.
Before they left, they stole clothing from me and my 11-year-old daughter. I pointed this out to my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law but was told I was mistaken and not to speak of it again. Luckily, my husband is supportive and shares my annoyance.
Then the Facebook photos started rolling in. I regularly get shared photos of the girls in our clothes, out and about enjoying the rest of their summer vacation. They really took in a haul!
I'm under no illusion that good parenting will deal with our visitors' stealing issue or that my family will receive an apology or the stolen clothes. I have dropped the subject with my in-laws and want it to go away.