Our expert says:
Grrr, I wrote such a nice response to jhis, and somehow lost it, in a web glitch. Let's try to recapture what I was saying.Boss --- ignore him. This is a game he can't play on his own. As soon as anyone argues with him in any way, he wins, and enjoys himself. There may be no overwhelming reason to do whatever he is suggesting, if he's obviously wrong, but no benefit to arguing about it.
Your Mom sounds like she may be feeling redundant and unnecesary, and maybe guilty about knowing she could be a nuisance in staying with you --- and anxious to be helpful, without recognizing that her ways of trying to bwe helpful have become the problem rather than the solution. Try inventing tasks for her to do, as useful as possible, so as not to be too transparent. Let her get you something to eat or drink when you are about to go to bed, and then ask her to help by making sure that nobody disturbs you once you've gone to sleep. Ask her to watch something on TV for you which you're too tired to watch, and tell you what happens in the programme, in the mornin. Ask her to walk the dog at the right time, before the security door is locked ( and by the way, if she and the dog can get under it, does it actually provide any real security? ) And so on.
As one gets older, one may need less slep, and have longer sleepless hours with nothing to do.
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