My FBIL and FSIL will be visiting us from interstate in a few months time. At this point it looks like they will be staying with FSIL’s family and otherwise seeing us while in town. They have 2 young (under 4) kids who are very messy and they let them make a mess. Ie the 2 year old will be given Nutella toast to eat and she will walk around with it, drop it on the floor and leave Nutella everywhere. When we stay all together at FH’s family’s house, the floor is always covered in food because of them. While kids do make mess, their parents are pretty relaxed about it and won’t really rush to clean up (spilt milk on the floor cleaned up 30 minutes after it happens etc).
We have a small apartment but we have light furniture, including an expensive, beige fabric couch. I’m worried about the kids trashing our furniture since no one really seems to care about if they’re making a giant mess nor do they hurry to clean it up.
Since it’ll be summertime when they visit we will likely be doing things outdoors a lot but they’ll inevitably come over to our place at some point. How do I deal with the messy kids?! I obviously can’t tell them to watch their kids/actually clean up after them straight away without them taking offense?! I love their children but I don’t want our brand new $2000 couch covered in food!!