The key to getting an intrusive mom to ease off? Subtly reminding her that she's still an important player in your life. Our tactics are so simple, you won't feel put out at all. And she won't make these annoying comments.
1. Beg for her secret roast chicken recipe. Cook it at the next dinner party you throw, and tell her how everyone raved. Get more easy recipes here!
2. Give her props ("Mom is the best tennis player I know") in front of your friends…or hers. But don't say these 9 things out loud.
3. When you're sick, ask her for help. It's a win-win: She gets to play Doctor Mommy, and her remedy (sipping chamomile tea in bed) is probably better for you than yours is (being zonked on cold meds).
4. Seek her advice on topics she's savvy about, like 401(k) investing or the perfect paint colors for your bathroom. (Hint: If she tends to talk on and on, do it via e-mail.) Check out these hilarious e-mails from moms.