My mother has the most obnoxious barking dog. The dog barks nonstop at a high pitch. It’s impossible to have a conversation with her in person or on the phone. I know she loves the dog, but what can I do? I want to have my mom talks back! – Leesa in Bar Harbor, Maine
Leesa, I know exactly where you are coming from! Oh my, what serendipity. My mom also has a dog that barks nonstop, along with crazed jumping and constant nipping. I just came right out and told my mom it was really important to me that we could enjoy a quiet conversation. While I made sure that my manner was kind and affectionate towards the dog, I suggested letting the dog play in the yard or nap in another room. My mom was happy to meet me halfway. She wanted to have a comfortable talk as much as I did. Go ahead and try this approach. Good luck!
Lynn Whitbeck is the co-founder and President of Petite2Queen. She is focused on identifying and evaluating opportunities for women at work, helping them define their personal roadmap. She dedicates herself to delivering tools and insights, embracing visualization of the big picture, and identifying and implementing the minutiae of detail. Lynn aims to share lessons learned along her journey and enable positive uplift for women.