Last weekend, I took my children to see their "other" grandparents. We haven't seen them in two years, but they invited us to come visit the next time we were in town and we were going to be in town, so I took them. We actually stayed with them.
It was odd, but not necessarily in a bad way.
My ex-husband does not speak to them, so in some ways that makes it easier, but it also makes it harder because it makes it feel like we are doing something wrong.
They are good people, my inlaws. They have their faults, though. I think my ex is an idiot for cutting all ties, but I do remember what it was like for him when he lived in their home and some of his anger is valid... over-the-top at this point... but valid.
It's important for my children to know their dad's family. It is nice for them to hear things like, "You remind me of your father when..." and to hear stories about their dad growing up.
I took my children to see their "other" grandparents.
It was odd.