Our expert says:
This question does indeed sound familiar - are you sure you haven't posted about this before ? If not, check the archives as there has surely been a closely similar question not long ago.
Answering gossippy phone calls is NOT compulsory. Your husband needs to wake up and explain the facts of life to her - what deludes her into thinking that her calls are so vitally important that they must be a number one priority for you ? Just because she apparently has nothing better to do, doesn't mean you haven't. Let her call her husband and son, instead. If they don't fancy tat, why should they assume you must carry that burden ?
Emphasize that you'd LIKE a once-a-week call from her, at a time that suits you both, when you will have the time to listen and enjoy the call, rather than multiple calls where you won't be able to concentrate properly.
And your husband also should try to find other ways for his mother to keep occupied. Get her involved in charitable work and hobbies so she has les spare time on her hands
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