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The Washington Post

Dear Amy:

I am a busy stay-at-home mom to two young children.

My mother seems to think that I have nothing to do because she calls me many times throughout the day to tell me unimportant things and basically narrate her day.

It is not uncommon for her to call my home phone, and when I don’t answer, she’ll call my cellphone – and then my house phone again. She will usually wait about five minutes and then repeat the process.

Sometimes I just can’t pick up the phone, and then when the calls become stalker-ish, I don’t pick up out of spite.

Amy, I know I am blessed to have a mother in my life, but I don’t want a “smother,” I want a mother!

I know she means well, but calling me eight times in a row to tell me something completely inconsequential is a little crazy! How do I tell her to quit calling me so often without hurting her feelings?

— Busy Mom

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