Sometimes her statements are totally perplexing, biting, or flat-out irritating. So we decided to clear up a few things for you- and give you a few ballsy answers to obnoxious questions.
1. "Where did you buy that shirt?"
This most likely means: "That top isn't flattering - I wish you'd wear something else." "She's softening a negative point with vague phrasing," explains Tannen. But there's something deeper she probably won't own up to: When she homes in on your looks, your mom is also thinking about herself. "She assumes your appearance is a reflection on her," says Tannen, "so she wants to help you become someone she's happy with." Tell her you know she has great advice, but you have to express your own style.
2. "Are you really that hungry?"
Four words: Put down the doughnut. Okay, this one's pretty obvious. If you think you need to lose weight, read our plan to drop 5 pounds in a week. "Unless she harps on your diet, this comment slipped out before she could censorRead More »from 5 Annoying Comments Your Mom Makesâ€¦and What They Really Mean