Q: How can I get my mom to stop calling me at work all the time, without upsetting her?
A: A proud mom is a wonderful thing. That said, tell her you want to do the great job she raised you to do…and that, for now, you need all your work time for working. Then promise to call her when you can before or after work or on the weekend…and do.
It’s fine to draw boundaries and yet, over time, the best approach may be to integrate your personal and professional life. If your parents, other family members, and friends respect your priorities, and you theirs, the lines will not need to remain so hard and fast.
For now, be clear and kind. And then give it time in order to find the balance that works best.