Q: I am planning a beach condo vacation and allowing my 13 and 16 year old kids to each bring along a friend. I will be providing transportation, beachfront accommodations, breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily. I do not cook dinner when I am on vacation so we eat out every night, however paying for 2 extra kids for 7 meals out is a deal breaker for me. Is it rude to ask the friends to pay for their own meals? How should I explain it to the parent when they are invited?
A: Be honest. Say all the costs are on you except dinner, which usually runs $X per evening, and if they are willing to cover the costs of their children’s dinners, and you will provide receipts and account for the costs, you would be delighted to take them with you.