What Is A Cousin In Law Called?

What Is A Cousin In Law Called
What do you call a cousin-in-law? – Well, this is a simple one in some ways. You can call them your cousin’s wife or husband, or your cousin-in-law. Cousin in law is a more accurate description from a genealogical point of view, but other people will know exactly how this person is related to you, whichever description you use.
What do you call a cousin-in-law? – Well, this is a simple one in some ways. You can call them your cousin’s wife or husband, or your cousin-in-law. Cousin in law is a more accurate description from a genealogical point of view, but other people will know exactly how this person is related to you, whichever description you use.

Is there such thing as a cousin in law?

Yes. Just as the spouse of your sibling is referred to as your sister or brother in law so too the spouse of your cousin is referred to as your cousin in law. While not a legal designation, your cousin-in-law is, colloquially, a person who is married to your cousin.

What should I do about sister in law?

Download Article Download Article Whether or not you think your sister-in-law is crazy depends a lot on what crazy means for you. But some of the indicators that your sister-in-law is not considerate of your needs include being sent masses of outraged text messages, being asked to take part in gossipy “rumor has it” phone calls, and always wanting to be updated about your business.

  • Avoid getting sucked into the drama. Take care of yourself first and foremost and set boundaries with her, remaining polite but firm around her.
  • Talk to your spouse about the situation and ask them for help with boundaries, focusing on your feelings rather than putting down your sister-in-law.
  • Restrict your contact with her; only respond to positive messages or those that involve the whole family.
  • Be compassionate towards her and listen actively when she has a problem. Acknowledge her feelings to build a better relationship with her.
  1. 1 Realize that you may be dealing with a drama queen. The dynamics of a sister-in-law (S-I-L) are complex at the best of times but no more so if she has spent much of her life causing her immediate family to run to her beck and call. The drama queen thrives off drama and having everyone pay attention to her as a result.
    • Sit back at your next family occasion and simply watch. Notice how she interacts with her family members, and how they in turn react back. If you witness a lot of step-toeing around her and acquiescing to her, she is clearly used to getting her own way.
    • Consider what happens when she raises a drama-filled topic. Do other family members rush to agree with her about how “outrageous” the price of child care/electricity/shampoo/dog grooming/car maintenance/etc. is? Do they confirm her quibbles as quickly as possible, thereby engendering even more complaints? This shows that they enable her complaint-filled view of the world and sadly, have long been used to pandering to it. You can’t change them but you can set a new role model by not complaining yourself.
    • Notice what happens when you disagree with her. Does she pout, throw an adult-style tantrum or try and put you down? While it’s important to stand your ground on things that matter to you, if she does react childishly, you’ll need to learn how to manage this carefully. Learn not so much to disagree as to fail to agree––there is a fine line but it’s about acknowledging her underlying need (notice me, care about me, help me, etc.) without buying into her view of the world.
  2. 2 Do not get involved with the drama. Your S-I-L can let off steam, vent away and curse all she wants but there is no need to join the negativity. Avoid taking any of what is said personally––the crazier the reactions and actions, the more your S-I-L is grasping at straws to try and provoke you and restore the limelight back onto her. Let her have the limelight in her own home but don’t hang around to be vented upon. If it gets really bad, simply announce that you will come back when she is feeling calmer and leave. Equally, if it’s happening in your own home, tell it’s time to leave. (You can even make up a fake appointment or an early bedtime if you really need a polite excuse.)
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  1. 1 Look to yourself first. It can be hard when to do this when someone else pushes your buttons. But it is important because it is your reaction that defines whether or not she feels she can keep going in the same direction with you. Some of the things to consider include:
    • Stay silent and there’s a risk she just thinks you’re dumb, awed by her or chewed up with resentment. Take your pick, she’s probably happy to think you’re feeling all three. And she’ll use your silence to keep putting across her point of view at the expense of yours. If you’re grinning and bearing it, you’re likely turning into a doormat.
    • Argue and she probably thinks her brother/sister has married an angry, resentful and bitter so-and-so who hates her and will do anything to come between her and her brother/sister. You may feel as if you’re defending yourself but to her, it’s about you not caring what she thinks and possibly even about putting her down. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for disagreement; it just means that the manner in which you realign her understanding must be done with care.
  2. 2 Create boundaries. State the facts about matters that she pressures you about, firmly but politely, and avoid being emotional into the bargain. If you state things simply, stick to the facts and avoid making it into an issue about her, she has few places to run.

    Be aware that she may continue to resent you for speaking your mind in an assertive and self-effective way but this shouldn’t stop you from clarifying your position. Ultimately, she has to respect someone who doesn’t argue, lose their temper or bite their tongue but instead makes it absolutely clear where the boundaries exist.

    And even if she doesn’t everyone else will plainly see that you are the cooler head in the room.

    • For example, let’s say your daughter Sheila has been running outside and has fallen over. Your S-I-L insists that she needs to see a doctor or something terrible might happen. You are quite sure nothing of the sort will occur and you know you’re a good parent but S-I-L keeps badgering you, upping the intensity of all the bad things that will happen if you fail to follow her advice. Offer your S-I-L a calmly spoken “That’s very kind of you to notice that Sheila has a bruised knee but I am thoroughly satisfied that Sheila is going to be all right; this happens all the time and is a part of the way she learns to cope with the great outdoors. She does not need to see the doctor.” And that’s the end of it, no need to enter into any further discussion. If S-I-L keeps trying, smile and change the subject; refuse to re-engage on the matter.
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  1. 1 Talk to your spouse about your feelings. Avoid name-calling, insulting or insinuating anything about your sister-in-law. Instead, explain how you feel when the proverbial dung hits the fan whenever you’re in her presence. Your spouse cannot fault your feelings, so be clear and thoughtful in stating them.
    • For example, “Georgia, when your sister talks a lot about how hard it is to fund her children’s private schooling, I feel claustrophobic because she doesn’t know when to stop discussing it. Given that we can barely afford our mortgage, I feel a little distressed at this kind of talk all night. I’d like to stop putting myself in this position from now on by simply acknowledging her problem but not letting her continue discussing it all night and I’d like you to help me do this by finding other subjects to talk about that don’t involve money. Do you think that this is something you can get on board with?”.
  2. 2 Ask your spouse to think carefully about the way in which he or she relays information about family issues. Tell your spouse that you love to hear about how your sister-in-law is doing but that you don’t appreciate hearing about the embellished drama that often comes with it.
    • Remind your spouse gently whenever you feel that your S-I-L’s drama is being repeated in your house. You could even have a special signal rather than having to spell it out each time.
    • Place a ban on gossip at home (or anywhere). Remind one another whenever it veers anywhere near close to gossip and shut it down. It doesn’t matter if you feel you are being gossiped about; you’re the bigger person for not engaging in the same behavior.
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  1. 1 Avoid answering what isn’t worthy of a response. Don’t respond to any text messages that do not directly relate to a family get-together, positive messages or something else perfectly normal. If you are getting texts that spell out her outrage about things that have happened to her, her annoyance at something you’ve apparently done or to send you gossip about family or friends, let it slide and leave her wondering.
    • If you feel angry and want to send back a retort, reprimand or justification straight away, don’t do it. Treat your anger or irritation as a warning sign to sleep on the matter. Furious texting or messaging can only end in more angst on both sides.
  2. 2 Keep social media networking to a minimum with your sister-in-law if she sets off your buttons. If your S-I-L is truly a pain and a bit of a drama queen, it’s possible that her social networking reflects her attention-seeking ways. You can be all too easily drawn into a web of her anger and drama venting if you can see her Facebook updates or her latest tweets.
    • If she friends you, you can do one of several things.
      • One, simply ignore the request. When she asks you about it, tell her that you don’t use social media much to exchange important things (or at all); or
      • Two, reply to her with a “Thanks but no thanks, I am not accepting new requests at the moment due to busyness/privacy/overloading, etc.” You might also add something like, “Besides, we see each other often and I prefer we talk face-to-face”; or
      • Three, turn all of your settings to private so that she can’t see who you are friends with. Either say nothing or tell her either that you stopped using social media or that you only have a tight knit circle of followers and don’t wish to extend it at the moment. If you say you didn’t receive any request, she’ll only resend it, but it might buy enough time to throw her off the whole idea if you offer to “look into it” but let the “looking into it” drag on and refuse to raise the matter again); or
      • Four, offer her a more neutral alternative. Offer to friend her on Pinterest and focus solely on a shared craft or cooking board. Nothing racy or mean spirited, of course.
    • Try to avoid using the terminology of “friends” when discussing any refusal to accept her request. Unfortunately, the usage of this term by social media sites has caused many people to take it at face value; many people are simply followers or fans, not friends. She might feel devalued if you make any suggestion that she is being rejected as a “friend”.
    • If she is already a follower of one or more of your networking sites, you might consider blocking her and turning your pages private on some sites. Most probably you will need to explain what has happened (with a sound excuse); if she’s a drama queen, she’ll not only notice but she’ll take offense too.
  3. 3 Take care if you do soldier on and try to be her friend online and/or through the phone. If she acts abusively, it is recommended that you keep records to show your spouse and other family members if needed. Save messages, emails, voice-mails, etc. Some drama queens like to “attack” when nobody else can see, thinking you won’t have the courage to out them. This isn’t about deliberately looking for dirt but it is a way of protecting yourself if anything should get out of hand. However, this is truly the stuff of last resort––if you handle yourself deftly in public situations around your S-I-L, everyone will know for real who is behaving and who is stirring the pot.
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  1. 1 Get on with your lives together. You married your spouse, not your family. While his or her family members are part of the package, they are not a part of your intimacy and they do not share the same journey with the two of you. If you make it very obvious that you’re not bothered by jealousy, insinuations, rumors or gossip, it will soon become clear to your S-I-L that her barbs, attitude and meanness aren’t pricking you in the way that they used to.
    • Spend less time around your S-I-L. In what ways are you putting yourself in her pathway? While it may feel like you have to put up with her, you can find ways to reduce the time spent together. For example, ask other family members to meet you at different times than when she is around, more often than not. Don’t always do this, or she will have a legitimate cause for complaining, but time spent with other family members shouldn’t always involve her presence. If you live far away and have to visit once a year, stay in your own accommodation to give yourself respite.
    • Take walks, get outside and don’t overstay any welcome when it comes to drawn-out family events that press your buttons. Families know the pressure points better than anyone and unfortunately, some like to press them. At such events, your S-I-L probably has alliances that she can set in train to be even more effective, so the less time spent near such complaint-prone cliques, the better.
  2. 2 Listen for real. When you are around your S-I-L, try active listening and acknowledgment in place of letting your fog of self-defensiveness take control. When she gets on top of her complaining mountain, instead of trying to topple her off with “if you think that’s bad, you should live in my shoes” replies, actually focus on her and try to discern what is really driving her jibes, whining and gossip. By not making this about you, you may be truly surprised at what you unearth.As for responding to her, acknowledge her pain with neutral comments like: “I’m sorry you have had to go through that to pay an electricity bill. It must be hard having four kids chewing through the power each month.” Don’t offer advice, don’t offer how you would deal with it and don’t ever offer to pay or pave the way to see her problem resolved. She owns it, you simply acknowledge it.
  3. 3 Be compassionate. If your S-I-L has been a pain more than once and has even done things to show you up or drag you down, the chances are that she will try to do it again, even when you don’t bite. But if you’re ready for it and if you’re understanding as to where she is coming from (insecurity, loneliness, feeling left out, needing to be in control, etc.), you can be compassionate about her actions and detach yourself from her drama. If you don’t carry her load, she’ll be forced to do it for herself and will stop seeing you as a viable target.
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  • Question How do I deal with a manipulative person? Do not respond or talk to that person, it is not worth it, ignore them.
  • Question My S.I.L. is always asking questions about my family and my own personal life and I never know what to tell her. What should I do? Every time she asks, just tell her that they/you are doing well until she gets tired of hearing the same answer, believe me it works!
  • Question How do I deal with a snob SIL who makes faces at me when I’m being a goofball, and who thinks I’ll never be good enough for her brother? Feel confident in the knowledge you somehow make her feel threatened, and know that her feeling that way has nothing to do with you and everything to do with her own insecurities. Keep being the goofball you.

See more answers Ask a Question 200 characters left Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Submit Advertisement Article Summary X If you have to deal with a dramatic sister in law, respond to her drama by calmly highlighting the facts of the situation and expressing how you’d prefer to handle things.

For example, if your sister in law insists your daughter needs a doctor for a small injury, say something like, “I appreciate your concern, but I’m sure she’ll be okay. Sometimes she gets a little scraped up while playing.” You may also want to talk to your spouse about your feelings, so they know not to share your sister in law’s dramatic stories with you or bring additional gossip into your home.

When your sister in law calls or messages you, avoid answering anything that isn’t worthy of a response, and don’t reply to her social media posts either. For more advice, including how to improve your relationship with a dramatic sister in law, read on.

What does cousin in law mean?

What does cousin-in-law mean? Husband or wife of one’s cousin. (noun)

What to do with a cousin?

Download Article Download Article If you are spending the week with your cousin, make sure that they have a good time. If your cousin is visiting from out of town or just has a free week, make some plans to have fun. Spend some time planning ahead to make sure you’re well prepared.

  1. 1 Make sure your cousin is properly accommodated. If your cousin is visiting, you want to make sure they are properly accommodated. This is especially important if your cousin is staying in your home.
    • If your cousin is staying at your house, make sure you have everything ready. Things like towels and toiletries are easy to forget. Set aside some space like an extra closet or drawer for them to keep their things.
    • You should also make sure your cousin’s electronic needs are met. Know what kind of phones and computers your cousin uses. Find some extra chargers lying around to properly accommodate him or her.
    • Create a homey vibe. Provide fresh sheets, pillows, and blankets for the guest room or sofa. Add something a little extra, like a fresh bouquet of flowers or a card welcoming your cousin to your home.
    • Stock up on extra food. You may be eating out a lot, however, you should have options for meals at home as well. Healthy breakfast food, like yogurt, fruit, and cereal, is important. Have some snacks, like chips and crackers, as well as some basic staples in case you decide to cook at home one night.
  2. 2 Find fun restaurants in your area. Eating out is one of the most fun aspects of visiting friends or relatives. Even if your cousin just has a week off school or work, exploring food options in your own town can also be fun. Spend some time finding restaurants in your area.
    • Make sure to accommodate everyone’s eating habits. Ask your cousin if he or she has any special dietary restrictions. Your cousin may be allergic to shellfish, for example, or vegetarian/vegan.
    • Find restaurants that meet these needs. Go for establishments within your budget. If your cousin is visiting from college, for example, he or she may not want to drop a lot of money at a 5-star restaurant. You can search restaurants by price-range on websites such as Yelp.
    • Ask friends and co-workers for suggestions as well. If you have a Facebook page, consider posting a status saying your cousin is in town or taking a week off. Ask people for suggestions of good restaurants and specifics on what you’re looking for (e.g., something cheap, something with vegan options, etc.).

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  3. 3 Make a guest checklist. A guest checklist sounds a little formal, but it can really help you plan a fun trip. If your cousin is visiting from another area, consider making a checklist to make sure all of his or her needs are met.
    • First, ask your cousin for his or her travel itinerary. You want to know when you need to pick him or her up from the airport or bus station. Jot these things down on the checklist so you remember.
    • You should also list anything you need to do on your end. You may want to give your apartment a good cleaning. You might have to get the air mattress out of storage or change the sheets in the guest bedroom. If your cousin has any special accommodations, make sure you keep those in mind. For example, if your cousin is bringing her dog along for the trip, consider stocking up on dog treats.
    • If you haven’t seen your cousin in awhile, it may be nice to buy him or her a small present. You don’t have to go overboard, but a nice card and a small gift, like a box of chocolates, could be a nice touch.
  4. 4 Ask your cousin what he or she wants to do. Lastly, keep in mind what your cousin wants to do. When you have a guest in town, you may be overeager to show him or her your favorite places in town. However, keep your cousin’s interests as the primary focus.
    • Ask your cousin to give you a call or shoot you an e-mail and tell you some things he or she is interested in doing. If you know your cousin, you may already know some of his or her interests. However, it is not a bad idea to let your cousin have some direct input.
    • If you live in a big city, there is a good chance your cousin already has some plans. It’s a good idea to know what these plans are ahead of time so you can find the best ways to carry them out. For example, say you live in Los Angeles and your cousin wants to go to Venice Beach. You can see which days Venice is the least crowded to avoid traffic and difficulty parking.
    • Keep your cousin’s personal interests in mind. If your cousin is a passionate animal lover, for example, do some research on local zoos.
  5. 5 Plan accordingly for younger guests. If your cousin is younger, make sure to take his or her age into consideration. Younger relatives may need special considerations.
    • A very young child may need a nightlight or other comforting objects to help him or her sleep. You may want to provide some age appropriate toys. You can stop by a local supermarket and browse the toy section. Toys are usually labeled by age group.
    • You may want to plan events appropriate for someone younger. Look into local parks, children’s museums, and so on. If you work or go to school, a younger relative may require supervision when you’re gone. Make a plan for a babysitter.
    • If your cousin is in high school or middle school, things may be a little easier. Children of this age are usually more independent. You may be able to leave your cousin home alone. However, make sure you plan events accordingly. For example, you obviously cannot take someone this young to an establishment that serves alcohol. You may want to look into fun, cool events targeted at teens. Maybe a local community center has a music night for teenagers.
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  1. 1 Check out local parks. Many towns and cities have local parks. This can be a fun option if your cousin is in town. Taking a long walk through a park is a low-cost form of entertainment. Many parks have free or low cost performances on certain days of the week. Browse a schedule online and see if anything fun is coming up the week your cousin wants to spend with you.
    • If you live in a big city, like New York City, Central Park can be a great place to take an out-of-town visitor. If the weather’s nice, you can have a lot of fun simply walking through the park and seeing the famous landmarks and statues.
    • Some parks have street performers. If you live in an area where street performers are common, this is something your cousin may enjoy.
    • If you have a younger cousin, a park or a playground can be wildly entertaining for him or her. On your end, you can look up some games to play with children. For example, playing tag in Central Park for an afternoon can be a fun activity for when your 10 year-old cousin visits New York City.
  2. 2 Visit museums and art galleries. Almost every city has some kind of museum or art gallery. If your cousin is visiting, consider showing him or her the local culture.
    • Remember, everyone’s tastes are different. Try to cater to your cousin’s personal interests. If you live in Chicago and your cousin is an art lover, she’ll really enjoy the Art Institute. However, if she’s more into culture and history, consider taking her to the Field Museum instead.
    • Look for deals on museums if you’re on a budget. If you’re a member at a particular museum, you may be able to get a guest in for free. Websites like Groupon often offer discount tickets for local museums.
  3. 3 See any plays or concerts in your area. If you’re cousin is interested in music or theater, be on the lookout for plays and concerts in your area. If you live in a small town, local theaters or colleges often put on shows for cheap. Bigger cities almost always have some kind of theater. As for music, be on the lookout for fun local concerts.
    • If you’re on a budget, check out the local music scene. Many bars have local bands play for very cheap. There may only be a $5-$10 cover, for example.
    • If you live near a college, you may be able to find tickets for a college production for cheap. If you live in a bigger city, you can often find discount tickets sold the day of a performance.
    • Once again, keep your cousin’s tastes in mind. If your cousin is a fan of punk rock music, he or she probably won’t enjoy a country music show. If your cousin is not a fan of serious movies and TV shows, the local production of August Osage County may not interest him or her.
  4. 4 Go out to eat. Going out to eat can be a fun way to socialize with your cousin, while also trying local cuisine. Make a point of going out to eat during your week with your cousin.
    • Be open to trying new foods, especially if your cousin has adventurous tastes. Together, you guys can try a type of food you’ve never before eaten.
    • Make reservations when it’s necessary. If you’re both hungry, waiting for a table on a Friday night can get tiring. If you’re eating out on the weekend, reservations may be a good idea.
    • Try to find restaurants that offer other forms of entertainment as well. For example, a bar/restaurant with karaoke could be fun if your cousin is 21.
  5. 5 Include your cousin in any plans you have. When you have a guest in town, you want to make sure you include them in your plans. You can allow your cousin to meet your friends and keep him or her entertained in the process.
    • You may have regular social engagements you attend. For example, maybe you always do trivia night on Tuesdays at a local pub. See if your cousin wants to join.
    • If you’ve been invited to any parties or get-togethers that week, bring your cousin along.
    • Talk to the hosts of any events ahead of time, however, and make sure you can bring a guest. You should always check with your cousin first as well. If your cousin hates bars and trivia, maybe you can sit out trivia this one week,
  6. 6 Take your cousin to fun local establishments. It can be fun to show your cousin all your favorite places around town. If there’s a coffee shop you love, take your cousin there. If there’s an amazing local bookstore, bring your cousin there for an afternoon.
    • Do some research ahead of time, especially if you live in a big city. A trendy dive bar in the Wicker Park district of Chicago may be one of your favorite places. However, it may be completely packed on a Saturday night. It may be easier to hit it up on a Wednesday.
    • Let your cousin call the shots a little. While you want to show him or her your town, make sure you’re choosing things that are fun for your cousin. If the idea of going to a local comic bookstore bores your cousin to tears, you may want to pick a local attraction more suited to your cousin’s interests.
  7. 7 Keep your cousin’s age in mind. If you’re hosting a younger relative, keep age in mind. You cannot take someone who’s not 21 to a bar, for example, and an adult-themed play may not be entertaining or appropriate for an elementary school student. Try to keep age in mind as you make plans.
    • For a cousin who is still in elementary school, be on the lookout for entertainment specifically marketed towards children. Look for children’s theaters, children’s museums, parks, petting zoos, and so on. If you have any friends who love kids, invite them out for an afternoon.
    • For a middle school or high school-aged cousin, you can provide a mix of entertainment options. A 14 year-old may have an interest in a play marketed for adults. However, a 14 year-old may still be shy about trying new or different foods. Keep a balance between kid and adult friendly entertainment. Take your 14 year-old cousin to a symphony, but go to McDonald’s for dinner afterwards.
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  1. 1 Be yourself. If you’re having your cousin stay with you, do not go overboard trying to impress him or her. It’s okay to be yourself. If you’re relaxed, both you and your cousin will have more fun.
    • You should keep your home relatively clean if you have guests. This is a common courtesy. However, you don’t need to make your apartment immaculate. If you’re the type that occasionally has a few dishes in the sink, don’t worry about it.
    • Allow your cousin to relax as well. If you have guests, they’ll likely do things slightly differently than you. Try to let this go. Your cousin may put her feet on the coffee table or leave the coffee machine on for a few hours after brewing a fresh pot. Even if you prefer things differently, try to be laid back when you have a visitor.
  2. 2 Provide food at home. If you want to have fun at home, provide snacks. If you like baking, making a batch of cookies before your cousin arrives can be fun. You can also try to prepare some meals at home. Eating out can get costly. You and your cousin can plan to cook dinner together a couple of nights.
    • Consider having a theme dinner night. For example, prepare an Italian meal. Make a batch of homemade lasagna and prepare a nice salad and garlic bread as sides. If your cousin is 21, buy some red wine.
    • If you grew up with your cousin, go for nostalgic snack choices. Maybe the two of you have fond memories of eating Twizzlers while watching scary movies. Buy a few packs of Twizzlers in preparation for your cousin’s visit.
  3. 3 Invite friends over. If going out is expensive, stay in for the evening. Invite a group of friends over. You can have some drinks, if your cousin is 21, and just hang out. This can be a low cost option that can be great if your cousin is on a budget.
    • Consider scheduling a game night. Board games can be a fun means to entertain big groups.
    • Try having a pot luck. Invite each guest to bring a dish and pass the dishes around to share. This is a great way to take care of a meal while also socializing with your cousin.
  4. 4 Have entertainment options available. If you want your home to be warm and inviting, keep entertainment options available. For nights when you’re staying in, you want to make sure there are things to do at your house.
    • If you have a television set, you could watch movies or play video games. Consider renting some movies, online or at a rental store, that your cousin would enjoy.
    • Pick up a pack of cards. Cards are very cheap and card games can be fun.
    • If your cousin has any hobbies, keep those in mind. For example, if your cousin loves crossword puzzles, buy a book of crossword puzzles.
  5. 5 Provide reading material. Chances are, you won’t be around to entertain your friend all the time. You should provide some reading material. Set out some fun magazines and fun coffee table books for your cousin to browse while you’re busy.
    • Short story anthologies are also nice for guests. Your guests can feel like they’re accomplishing something as people are able to finish a short story in one sitting. A longer novel can be frustrating because your cousin may be unable to finish the story before the week is up.
  6. 6 Sit and talk. Sometimes, it can be fun to simply enjoy one another’s company. If you haven’t seen your cousin in awhile, take this as an opportunity to catch up. Have your cousin fill you in on her job, work, social life, and so on. You can also reminisce about old times. If you grew up together, you probably have lots of fun, childhood stories to recount.
    • Share your favorite memories. Try to start off a conversation with “Remember when.” and then bring up something fun from the past.
    • Catch up on what your cousin has been doing. He or she may have some fun stories to share from work or school.
    • Talk about other family members. If you don’t see your Aunt Jean much anymore, ask your cousin how she’s doing. Share news about your parents as well.
    • Minimize distractions to help conversation flow. Turn off the TV and keep music volume low.
  7. 7 Incorporate entertainment for a younger cousin. If you’re hosting a younger cousin, you should make sure your at-home entertainment is age appropriate. You do not want your 12 year-old cousin to grow bored if you don’t keep his or her age in mind.
    • Look for age-appropriate movies, TV shows, and reading materials. There is a special “Kids” section on Netflix you could browse. You can ask friends with kids for advice on children’s movies. Look for magazines at the supermarket that are kid friendly. Buy some young adult books to keep in your home.
    • For a very young cousin, coloring books, crayons, markers, and other child-friendly craft options can be a great touch.
    • Look into what music your cousin likes. Create a Pandora station with all of his or her favorite artists.
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Ask a Question 200 characters left Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Submit Advertisement Article Summary X If you’re planning on spending the week with your cousin, plan ahead to find some fun outings in your area.

Before their visit, ask your cousin if they have any favorite foods or dietary restrictions so you can plan a few fun restaurants to visit. You can also ask your cousin what they like to do so you can prep at least one outing that involves one of their passions or interests. For example, look at visiting the zoo, local parks, museums, art galleries, or funky cafes.

In addition to spending time out, plan a few fun days at home. Plan to cook dinner together or have a movie and popcorn night. To learn how to include your cousin in any plans that you may already have, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 232,459 times.