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by CareyBot

We have been parents for 31 years and dragged children through three primary residences. All of the homes had terrific amenities: views, schools, nearby playgrounds and neighborhood pals. The four kids are grown and gone now, but if you could find them (I am rarely able to do so) and ask where their fondest memories took place, all would balk at those homes and choose the lake cabin we have shared with another family. Autumn sparks a new academic year and the unofficial close of the summer vacation calendar. Families all over the country have begun to winterize their cabins and condos, assigning maintenance chores and attempting to schedule 2012 getaway weeks. But what happens when one family member continues to be no help at all, shows up to the family retreat without notice, and...